The heaviness in my soul these past few weeks has been palpable. As a Christian it’s been very difficult to see Biblical principles pushed aside in our country while rank sin is legislated with the stroke of a powerful pen. Then if we don’t jump on board with this agenda, we are haters and racists and out of touch. The changes just in two weeks are almost too much to comprehend.
As I continue reading through the book of Numbers, I came to chapter 20. Moses, Aaron, and Eleazar climbed Mount Hor while the children of Israel, full of foreboding, waited down below. On the mountain, Aaron’s priestly garments were removed and given to his son, Eleazar. Then Aaron died there on the mountain.
The people’s priest was gone. Yet God had provided His man, Eleazar, to continue His work. God’s pledge to stay with His people and to accomplish His plan was being perpetuated.
God did not forget His promise. His sovereign purpose for His people would be carried out, even though Aaron had now died.
This simple phrase written by Raymond Brown jumped off the page to me in the early morning as I read this story in Numbers:
“ONLY AARON HAD LEFT THEM, NOT GOD.”
What an amazingly simple yet profound comfort this truth has been to me during these sad and hard days. We feel bereft and abandoned, scared of what the future holds for us as believers in this culture, and angry at the sin that we see being promoted by our leaders.
There were many true followers of Christ in the past administration. Open Bibles were commonly seen on their desks. Prayer, hymn singing, and Bible studies were routine in the White House. Now that is all gone, and our spirits are stirred within us at the open endorsement of sin that we are witnessing every day…some of which we will be paying for with our tax dollars. Open sin instead of open Bibles.
BUT…God is NOT gone. God is still accomplishing His perfect plan. He is with His people, each of us, as we wake up each day and seek to live godly lives in a most ungodly culture.
Let’s take each day and each moment with that thought in our minds and hearts. God is not gone! He is here with His people just like always, in our homes and our work and with His Church.
God is not gone! He is with us in our disappointments and our pain, our sickness and our fear, our good news and our bad news.
God continues His work, no matter our circumstances.
So let’s be encouraged to be about His work…to be strong and courageous…to be voices of love and conviction…to share the gospel…and to be bright lights in this dark world.