January 7, 2016

Isaiah 8:12-14 “Do not call conspiracy
everything that these people call conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
and do not dread it.
The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
he is the one you are to fear,
he is the one you are to dread,
and he will be a sanctuary.”

It is very interesting to read this shortly after information has been declassified and released proving that there was indeed a conspiracy around JFK’s assassination. Conspiracies abound, as do treaties and agreements, open and secret, but we aren’t to be obsessed with them. (“Treaty” is an alternative translation for “conspiracy”in this passage.) God sees through it all, whether it’s open or secret, and He is to be our focus. Right now the supposed agreement between Iran and the US is big news, and for good reason, but God is bigger than it all, and He is far more powerful than even a nuclear, terrorism-sponsoring Iran. Right now His Spirit is working within Iran and drawing more and more people into the Body of Christ, just as He has been doing in China for the past 50 years. Those who are in Christ don’t need to fear such countries, but rather stay focused on God, His kingdom and His righteousness. For most of world history, common citizens have had very little impact on national/international policy; representative democracy is a very new arrival. We are to exercise our rights vigorously, but not in fear. The various schemes of the devil should not surprise us, but if we are fully submitted to God, He is our Holy Place and we have nothing to fear, just as this passage says.

I have been aware of world events ever since I had a superb English teacher in the 7th grade, who required us to follow a topic in the news each week, clipping newspaper articles and writing summaries of each day and each week. It was excellent training in critical thinking as well as writing, and I have profited from it in the over 50 years since. For the past 8 years, leading up to and throughout the current US administration, I have been increasingly involved emotionally in what has been going on. This passage is a good and pointed reminder that I’m not to be afraid, however indignant I might be. God is still God, whatever conspiracies/treaties/whatever are going on in human governments, nationally or internationally. I am to trust Him and find my peace in Him, however little peace there might be around me.

Father, thank You for this reminder. I am indeed emotionally invested in this year’s US presidential election. Keep me from letting events shake me or make me anxious. Rather, help me focus on what You are doing, that generally doesn’t get reported in the news, and keep myself available to You for whatever part You have for me to play in it, so that Your will may indeed be done on this earth, as perfectly as it is in heaven, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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