Stressful, difficult, hard, tough,
Anxious, apprehensive, uneasy,
Scary, petrifying, hair-raising,
Evil, wicked, immoral,
Dangerous, threatening, vicious. . .
All of the above are adjectives used to describe these times we live in; that alone is frightening.
Seldom do we hear people speaking of these months, or the year 2020, as being a peaceful time. The truth is if we are looking at the world and its events, the time we are living in is not conducive to tranquil living. Ok, so that was a pretty hopeless statement even if it was true. Then how is this? The only peace we can experience is when our eyes are on our Triune God. It doesn’t mean to ignore the worldly turmoil completely, but to live above it, on a higher plane, knowing that this world is just a stop on the way to eternity.
A long time ago back in the early years of the Kingdom of Judah, the Prophet Azariah, spoke to King Asa about how to experience peace. In II Chronicles 15:2, he told King Asa, Judah, and Benjamin, “The LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.” They had been living without God, without a priest, and without law. But when they sought God in their troubles, they found him.
Judah, at that time, was living in a time of no peace, II Chronicles 15:5 says, “And in those times there was no peace to the one who went out, nor to the one who came in, but great turmoil was on all the inhabitants of the lands.” In other words, there was unrest and concerns everywhere they look. It was so bad, that it was best to just stay at home—to choose to stay in their houses. What was going on around them? Let’s look at II Chronicles 15:6, “So nation was destroyed by nation and city by city, for God troubled them with every adversity.”
Azariah encourages King Asa to stay strong, to trust God through it all. Why did he need to do that? Because the times were tough and the only peace that could be found was in God alone. He further adds they will be rewarded if they do.
King Asa was so encouraged by Azariah’s message, he went ahead and removed the abominable idols throughout the land and made great sacrifices to God, as the nation entered into a covenant to seek the LORD their God with all their heart and with all their soul.
America would be blessed to take this story to heart for God will be near to us as long as we are near to him—that is true for both our personal lives and as a nation. One by one, we need to choose God and look to him for our guidance, putting our trust in him. We need to rid our hearts from personal idols and confess those sins.
Then we all need to bow on bended knees and seek God’s face for America, asking him to forgive this nation’s sins. We need to ask him to intercede on behalf of this great nation for there are many who live here and still love him. We are called by his name. Rise up America, be encouraged. Be like King Asa of Judah, let’s clean up our act and enter into a covenant that truly means One Nation under God.
Bible Translation used NKJV