Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Unshaken



"My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation.
He is my fortress,
I will never be shaken."

~ Psalm 62:1-2



It's easy to get discouraged as we see the world changing around us. Things our parents never imagined are now commonplace. Things we never dreamed would happen in America are now a reality. As a young adult, I look at the world I live in, and I don't have much hope that things will get better. If the years gone by are any indication, things may only get worse.

How blessed I am to know that this world isn't all there is, that there is a far better place waiting for me. How comforting to know that, no matter how much this world changes, my God is unchanging. My hope and salvation are not found in the American government. My hope is in God, and my salvation comes from Him. In the midst of a crazy world, I can find rest in the Lord. When the world is shaken to its core, I can remain steadfast in Him.

It doesn't mean that I don't grieve at times for my country. I hurt for my generation, with all that we have to face as we start out. I wonder - with a touch of despair - what the world will be like when I have children of my own. What will they have to endure?

It's easy to look back on the "good 'ol days" and wish that we lived when times were simpler, when God's Word held a place of honor in our Nation. Why couldn't I just have lived back then?

But, then I'm reminded:
"Do not say, 'Why were the old days better than these?' For it is not wise to ask such questions." - Ecclesiastes 7:10

God has placed us in this point in time for a purpose. We may not know why at times, but God does. Instead of wishing things were like they used to be, we must move forward, trusting in God's perfect plan. No matter what is happening around us, God is still in control.

Each generation has had their trials, their times of testing. Even as far back as the early Christians, with the horrible persecutions they endured, each generation has wondered if their generation was the last. The signs of the end seem to be coming more quickly, but no one knows the day Jesus will return. We can only watch, pray, and remain ready.

I don't know the future, but I know the One who holds the future. I don't know if I will have another day, but I'll do my best to serve my King with the time that I'm given. I don't know if our nation will recover from its downward spiral, but I trust that God will not abandon me.

Though God is always with us, He doesn't promise that our lives will be easy. There may be even worse economic times ahead; there may be great persecution, war, famine, and things incredibly hard to endure. But...
"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." - Psalm 76:23

Even when there doesn't seem to be much hope, God is still working. I haven't given up on America. But even if things don't get better on this earth, I am secure, knowing that my true home is in heaven.

4 comments:

Savannah said...

Beautiful, Anna. It's great to hear of other young women who think similarly as I do. What an encouraging word you've put out there. This post is definitely one for the 'favorites' page :)
Savannah

Ella said...

Wonderful insight, Anna! I couldn't agree with you more. Though I also grieve for America, I do know that God is in control NO MATTER WHAT!

Anonymous said...

Indeed, Anna Naomi, your insight cuts to the heart of our national econonic dilemma-- well meaning, but misguided people with power altering our national destiny from one of goodness and prosperity to one of profound economic decay. If these people would focus less on humanism, and more on the Lord's Good Word, we might not be in the dilemma we are in today. God bless you for your steadfast devotions... you are such a divine inspiration to me!

Malori said...

Thank you for your beautiful reflection, Anna. There is a great need for Christians to stand up and speak the Truth in our nation. I would like to say this, not as boasting, but to encourage you and others reading this: I have felt moved to do something constructive about the problems in America, and I am trusting that God will use me as His instrument in whatever way that may be. I have been appointed as a delegate for the TX Republican State Convention, and I am so excited to have this honor and to represent all the people, especially young adults, who hold the same values I do. I appreciate any prayers that could be offered...being involved in politics seems like such a huge task, but I know God is leading. :)

Blessings!
Malori