WHAT CAN THE RIGHTEOUS DO?

A week or so ago I determined that I would not let recent Supreme Court decisions determine my attitude. Passionate posts for or against the decisions made may help get through the emotional responses by providing a vehicle for expression, but it’s not likely to change people’s minds. I’ve written articles regarding my reaction to the SCOTUS ruling on marriage, only to delete them before posting. Most, if not all, of my friends know where I stand on the issue, anyway. Yes, I’m concerned about the direction our nation is heading. But I’m not going to allow present circumstances determine my future!

I’ve been pondering what might be the appropriate response, at least for me. As I always try to do, I looked to scripture for direction. I shared a part of this on a FB post last week, but Sunday I had a greater epiphany (aha! moment), and was given an opportunity to share it during the first service at Word of Life. Here’s what I sensed the Lord was showing me:

Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”

He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
(Ps 2:1-4 NAS)

God is not concerned about attempts to remove His authority over our lives. It’s not that He finds in amusing, but ironic. After all, He knew all along this would happen. He also knows the ultimate outcome!

In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me “…When the foundations are being destroyed, what can
the righteous do?”
(Ps 11:1,3 NIV )

If the Lord is my refuge, don’t tell me it’s all gloom and doom, and there’s nothing I can do. So, what can I do, then?

“Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
“For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the LORD will rise upon you
“Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
(Isa 60:1-3 NAS)

I choose to, instead of pulling the covers over my head and hide in the darkness, let the light of the Lord shine in my life! When His light shines, nations come to the Light of the world! Be a witness, no a prophet of doom. God’s got this one covered, too!

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About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, www.godsblueprint.info Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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