WHEN IT APPEARS ALL IS HOPELESS…

PSALM 11:3: “If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?” (NKJV)

OBSERVATION: There is a sense of hopelessness that is invading the hearts of many today. As we look at our world, and as we look at our nation, we witness the foundations of morality and decency, as we know them, and as revealed in the Scriptures, being destroyed right before our very eyes. The pace of this destruction seems to be taking place exponentially. Like the Psalmist we cry in our hears – “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

The normal human response is fear. The proper Christian response is Fear. One is the retreat of the human soul. The other is the engaging of the redeemed human spirit. There is a fear that comes from the pit of hell, and there is a Fear that flows from the throne of God. The Fear I am talking about is the “Fear of the Lord”. This is really not “fear” as we know it. It is a reverence and a surrender to the sovereignty and wisdom of the Lord. It is the “Fear” that countless saints adhered to before us as they faced difficult times. It is the “Fear” that flows from an eternal vision and perspective. It is the “Fear” that looks to God’s Word rather than the immediate circumstance. It sees the ultimate reality where righteousness will reign and Jesus will be Lord.

The Psalmist also sees this when he proclaims…

“The LORD is in His holy temple, The LORD’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup. For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭11‬:‭4-7‬ NKJV)

Nothing that is happening is catching the Lord by surprise. All the affairs of this world are moving toward His final will and purpose. When the children of Israel were forced to become slaves in Egypt by a Pharaoh that knew not Joseph, it appeared that God had forsaken them. However, the Lord was constantly with them. During these 400 years they grew to be a numerous and strong people that were equipped for the deliverance and journey that God had prepared for them. It was during the period that they faced oppression that they were perfected. God heard their cry, and in His perfect timing He delivered them.

As we read the Book of Revelation we see the hideous outbreak of evil in the world. At times it appears that the righteous are forsaken. Yet, the Lord always preserves His remnant. He protects His church and He provides for His remnant. In the end all wickedness, all rebellion, all evil, all the insidious attacks of Satan are defeated. The Lord Jesus Christ returns in His power and glory to establish and restore God’s original intent in creation. Until that day we are involved in a struggle. Light against darkness. Truth against lies. The blessed hope and assurance is that Light and Truth will prevail.

So what do we do in the midst of the storm? We Fear the Lord! We place our full trust and assurance in Him – even unto the death. We realize that there is nothing, and there is no one, that can separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus. He is our hope, our salvation, and our peace. He is our foundation! And there is nothing, not even the “gates of hell”, that can crumble or destroy this foundation. Our call to everyone is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ so that you might be saved. There is coming a day when it will be too late. Behold, now is the acceptable time, behold now is the day of salvation!

Jesus Christ is coming soon. When He comes again, He will not be coming in a manger, but with the hosts of heaven to bring judgment upon all that is wicked, upon all that opposes the truth. On that day, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Lord, turn the hearts of sinful and rebellious men and women to You in full salvation. Come Lord Jesus! In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is pastor of The Fellowship at Weatherford, a Foursquare Church in Weatherford, Texas. He has developed an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information please send an email to klzehnder@aol.com
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