It’s sure been a tough year with Covid and with significant election seasons around it all.  As this Pew Sheet goes to print and Election Day looms before us, we might like to think that the eyes of the world are on little New Zealand when we know they’re probably not (!),  but they most certainly are on the States in their Election Season.    And those eyes frequently bulge with horror at so much turmoil and hatred in what has become a bitterly divided land.    Many of us grew up in a world where we often looked to America for international leadership, and saw it as a place of innovation and strength, including within the evangelical church.  Consequently, many of us may now be sensing a loss of security at all that is happening there.

Political instability and change really is nothing new.  Since the beginning of time, kingdoms have risen and fallen, political systems have come and gone.

This week I have returned again and again to the book of Habakkuk and made the complaints and prayers of the prophet my own.  And God has calmed my anxious 21st century heart with his words: For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told….. For the revelation awaits an appointed time….. Though it lingers, wait for it….. For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea….. The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him…. His ways are eternal

Thanks Habakkuk for your message of hope still ringing out through the centuries!   And thanks also to the unknown writer of the gospel song that is still embedded in my spirit from my youth:

God is still on his throne,  And he will remember his own,

Though trials oppress us and burdens distress us he never will leave us alone!

God still on his throne,  And he will remember his own,

His promise is true, he will not forget you!

God is still on his throne

 

Grace and Peace, Christine