I sat in stunned disbelief last Friday evening as the latest news was being broadcast. As if the whole week wasn’t bad enough, now there were reports of big tech wrapping their tentacles around people whom they deemed unworthy of using their services. Deleting accounts…removing followers…attempting to destroy a new social network…silencing thousands who didn’t tow the line that they have declared to be the only sanctioned “truth.”
Clearly, the stage is being set for followers of Christ to be “lawfully” declared as enemies of society and enemies of the government.
Scary times, for sure. Full of uncertainty and fear. Pandora’s box seems to have been opened and evil is spewing out unchecked.
And that evil is being celebrated, legislated, and expected to be accepted by all…or else.
Therein lies the question.
We’re not sure of the answer, but current events don’t bode well for conservatives and Christians.
I read something last week, though…an old story that gives me and every Christ follower great comfort and hope.
That story is in the Bible book of Numbers, which I am studying. The children of Israel had been delivered from Egypt by God. They had seen His protection in their deliverance and the working of so many amazing miracles. Now He affirmed to them His promise to give them the land He had marked for them. God told Moses to select 12 men to spy out the land and come back with a report to the people.
The 12 spies did just that. They returned to the camp carrying a huge cluster of grapes along with other fruit, evidence of God’s promises to be true. The land WAS flowing with milk and honey. The land was very fruitful. What God said was true!
BUT…there was a problem. There were fortified cities, for one thing. And giants! Huge strong men who terrified the spies.
Ten of the spies focused on the giants.
“We became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight!” they declared.
But Caleb and Joshua chose to focus on God and on His promises, many of which had already been fulfilled.
“We should by all means go up and take possession of the land,” they told the people, “for we shall surely overcome it.”
The people listened to the ten spies, though, as they fixated on the giants. Caleb and Joshua urged them to listen to God…to obey…to not fear…to not rebel against God.
But fear overruled the day and therefore God caused them to wander in the wilderness for forty years instead of taking the land right then that He had promised to give them.
I think Christians today are feeling a bit like grasshoppers as we look around us at those who hate our beliefs and hate our God.
There sure are lots of giants today.
Tech giants…political giants…media giants – to name a few.
How far will they go in this new administration to enforce their new world system?
What will that mean for those of us who can’t Biblically agree with that system?
We’re not sure yet, but it’s not looking very rosy.
Everyone I talk to is concerned and burdened and feeling great heaviness after the events of this past week…and even longer, actually.
So, we have a choice to make. Are we going to look at the giants or at the grapes?
Are we going to feel like grasshoppers?
Or are we going to remember and claim the fact that all of us who know Christ have all of God’s promises…and God Himself?
“…God has given us His very great and precious promises…” (II Peter 1:4)
God is here to help us in our uncertain future. He hasn’t brought us here just to strand us all alone. The God of our past is the God of our present, and the God of our unseen future.
“The God Who is meeting our present needs will not deny us His future provision.” (Raymond Brown)
We have only to look in our own lives to see the fruit of God’s presence with us. His peace and joy in our hearts is ours as we focus on Him and not on the giants of this crazy, sinful world.
No matter what may be ahead for us, God has promised to be with us every step of the way. He will give us grace and strength for whatever is in our future.
So even if we feel like little grasshoppers, let us remember that we serve a giant of a God!