This is not a time when the righteous are being spared from the trials we are going through. I’m muttering a prayer for Burke, though he’s Papist and I’m reformed (Yes Didact, reformed theology is a very long meditation on the sovereignty of God). Because we need to pray for the brothers. Even the Australian ones.
We were praying last night for each other, as the number of troubles that exist in our little fellowship increase. This world wants to regulate us into apostasy.
It is true that those who follow the laws of God in usual times do well, but it is also true that in unusual times those who follow God are persecuted.
9 Fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no lack of anything.
10 The young lions do without and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the Lord will not lack any good thing.
11 Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who is the person who desires life
And loves length of days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.
8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. 9 But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen. 10 But they were unable to cope with his wisdom and the Spirit by whom he was speaking. 11 Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes, and they came up to him and dragged him away, and brought him before the Council. 13 They put forward false witnesses who said, “This man does not stop speaking against this holy place and the Law; 14 for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses handed down to us.” 15 And all who were sitting in the Council stared at him, and they saw his face, which was like the face of an angel.
This is a fallen time. If you are righteous, and you guard your eyes, are faithful to the word of God, you love the LORD your God with all your heart and strength, and you r neighbour and the brothers as Christ did, there will be people who want to take you down.
If they cannot destroy you by rhetoric or dialectic — or to put it another way, propaganda and intellectual bullying — they will not give up.
They will appeal to the authorities, making their accusations up.
And this is our greatest opportunity for witness. In that situation, things will come out of your mouth which are not of you.
Not that it will change any of the listeners who have decided that you offend their sense of virtue, and if they don’t damn you they will lose their woke ticket.
I would prefer to be left alone, allowed to quietly preach the world, and love my family and dogs.
May revival fall first, and my nation be redeemed. But that is less likely.
More likely is revival coming at a time when there is great trouble, and people find out that the state they relied on and prayed to cannot rescue.
Batten down the hatches: the ride will be rough.
But in this God will destroy the idols of this age.