Having Done All to StandApril 20, 2007
Many of the verses in this post, I’ve quoted a lot of times and yet they seem to fit this topic. (I was going to title this post “The Chariots of Egypt,” but when I typed it in, I say that there’s already a post with this title.)
Isaiah30:1-2 “Woe to a rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take councel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down to the shadow of Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt.”
It’s a difficult concept to grasp and even christians struggle with it, but the world that we see and interact with daily is far removed from the reality that is. Many of us place our hopes in a career, a stable economy, our own “street smarts” if you will, and a host of other physical manifestations in order to maintain the day to day. Many will trust in a political structure, a constitution which is already compromised, a military which appears second to none, (Chariots of Egypt. Check out Isaiah 31:1-3) and a way of life that would appear, on the surface, to be little different than previous generations. The electricity is still on, the mail is still running, the supermarket shelves are still full, the internet is still up, and the gas stations still have gas.
Isaiah 30:3 “Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.”
Despite the occasional reports of trouble on the horizon, most of us go about our day to day activities as though nothing is amiss. Most of us are so “busy” with the hecticity of life that we don’t take time to look at what’s taking place before our eyes. The idea that the status quo could come to naught overnight is unthinkable to many. One of the most profound quotes that I’ve read in the blogosphere comes from Phil when he was talking about the night that our Lord was taken. The disciples were asleep with the hour of temptation right at the door. Phil mentions (I’m paraphrasing as I couldn’t find the exact quote) that suddenly, the time of preperation was over and the hour to stand on what they knew had arrived. It happened “fast.” As saints, we never know then the bottom will fall out of the peace and safety that has been in place for so long in this country.
We may awaken tomorrow morning and find “just another day” which would cause most to just go about their agenda, work on their lawn, discuss the latest happenings on “American Idolatry,” run the kids to their soccer game, and give little thought to matters concerning things to come. Or we may awaken tomorrow morning and learn that the Chinese have unloaded all of their greenbacks, a nuclear detonation has taken place in the Straits of Hormuz, and the world as we knew it is suddenly a very different place. Everything in this life which folks had placed confidence in would be gone in an instant. I say this not to cause despair, but only with a desire to awaken any with ears to hear. For all who are truly born again and washed in the blood of Jesus, we must simply trust him to meet every need and know that he will “never” leave us nor forsake us.
JESUS WILL NEVER LEAVE US NOR FORSAKE US!
The arm of flesh has a history of failing. The best laid plans have a tendancy of becoming unravelled by the most insignificant of events. The Lord Jesus Christ has never let down those who place their trust in him. If we truly know him, this must be understood; that when the chariots of Egypt lose their wheels, we trust in the Living God who created all that is, knows them that trust in him, and will sustain us in the midst of chaos.
Psalm 91:1-2 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
If we are truly “trusting” in the Lord, the events of the day, no matter how horriffic they may be, (a reading of end scriptures concerning the end times will reveal a time like none other in history) we’ll not be rattled. If our treasure is truly laid up in heaven and we “love not our lives in this world” we’ll stand. If we truly love the Lord Jesus Christ, his grace will be sufficient for any situation. (Again, as in almost every post, I’m pointing a finger at myself. I’ve never experienced “real adversity” and while I know the mechanics of these things, I’ve not been tried on the scale that this post is talking about. We must take these things seriously.) Some will hear talk about separating from the love of this world and call it legalism. Holiness is imperative if we’re to stand in the hour of temptation. A love of the world will cause folks to make very unwise decisions in moments of trying. (Just as Lots wife looked back at the world she loved) If there’s one thing on my heart as of late that stands out, it’s the absolute necessity to not love this present world.
Matthew 16:24-26 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, if any man come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
I was going to go through Psalm 91, but this post is getting long and has somewhat swerved into a different aspect of the topic at hand. Psalm 91 tells about trusting God in the face of unimaginable turmoil. We have unimaginable turmoil in our future as the key figures in the end times senario are taking up their positions. We need to really get in close with the Lord Jesus and be led of the Spirit in all things. To not be terrified by our adversaries or by circumstances, but to trust in the Lord Jesus at all times and in all situations. I can’t seem to stress how much this is on my heart. This post could go on for hours and still not adequately address the urgency that I feel. I pray that we all would place our complete, unwavering trust in the Lord Jesus. I’m going to close this for now; lest I start talking in circles. I’ll close out with the following passages. (familiar but good)
Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
This is a promise; regardless of the pyhsical situation on the ground.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Matthew 10:19-20 “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”