It’s going to be a challenging morning to write a devotional.
I typically roll out of bed easily and early. I seldom wake up in anything but a positive mood.
But as I stepped on the scale, I had gained a pound and a half since yesterday. I took my blood pressure and it was elevated and irregular for six straight times. It hasn’t been irregular for many years.
My time with the Lord wasn’t buoyant and joyful either. I was drifting downward. And it didn’t help to read that both Congress and Senate had passed the Covid relief bill. Relief is great… it’s needed, but the largest part of that money was going to things we can’t afford and many of us don’t want.
Then I began thinking about two additional bills coming down the pike. There’s the ‘Equality’ bill which pretty much makes sure that the women in my life aren’t going to get a fair shake from everything from their bathroom and locker rooms to a girl being able to get a sports scholarship competing against biological males. This bill will also keep abortions paid for in the US and countries around the world. That really messes with me!
And then there’s the promise of the election ‘make over’ bill which guarantees that future elections will be riddled with opportunities of cheating.
So what do we do when the things we reach for as our security are taken away? We have to find something (read: Someone) more secure!
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock,
in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.” Psalm 18:2 NLT
Many of the enemies around us are not people nor even political parties. They are spiritual wickedness brought against us and against common sense by the master deceiver – Satan. I’m not strong enough, smart enough or influential enough to deal with him without some major help.
I need a Rock, a fortress, a shield and place of safety. I need to have weapons that are powerful enough to combat stupidity, unrighteousness and all the plans and devices of the evil one.
So, I’m going to let my blood pressure return to its normal 115/75k range, get those pounds off and pray more and more intensely. And I will put my attention and spiritual sight back on my Savior. He’s not afraid. He’s not out of strategy or power. He knows where the threats are and plans to meet them head on.
I’m starting to feel better by just trusting!