Second go at this, as the first version got shredded by wordpress.
There are two thoughts that have been ruminated on this week: the West is going morally and financially and militarily bankrupt, and we deserve this. As a consequence, hard times for the nation are coming, and I expect the elite will blame colonialism and the missionaries and the church.
In this, the promises that all can go well and all will be well are being shown as false. The times are hard.
But the scriptures on right living were not written for good times. In good times people are often degenerate, because they feel secure, and the rules of the world no longer apply.
But they do. Hard times are coming, and we need to walk in wisdom. This may increase our troubles, for it will increase our witness.
9 Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn her seven pillars.
2 She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her young women to call
from the highest places in the town,
4 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
To him who lacks sense she says,
5 “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6 Leave your simple ways, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Wisdom is being able to discern patterns, see warnings and act on them. I have written a lot on this, and so has Peter Grant, and many others. If you can see things coming you can avoid that conflict, that stress.
But stress will still come. At present, the woke rage through all our institutions, demanding we applaud their cultural revolution based on untruth. There are ways to avoid such.
But we cannot participate, and that is going to cost. Prepare for this. There are some situations where the only thing we can do is pray.
For if wisdom is needed at this time. much more is our witness for Christ.