Nations are in distress—overwhelmed from many sides. Still, we never stop reaching for them. We never stop because the Lord does not stop. The goal and great possibility remain—righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit for all—even for the enemies of the truth we work to share. Selah!
In the Genesis account we read of a divine encounter. God placed “a mark” upon Cain following his murder of Abel, his brother—his own flesh and blood. For the shedding of innocent blood the Lord pronounced judgment: Cain’s livelihood would now work against him—it would turn on him to consume his profits; too, his personal sense of well-being was reversed by the act—“a fugitive and vagabond you shall be.” Cain’s anguish was immediate. Acknowledging his diminished position “being hidden from the Lord’s face,” paranoia came quickly as it certainly does always come with the shedding of innocent blood; paranoia that someone, at some point, would therefore kill him.
Nations are in distress. Financial and economical woes, sicknesses and disease, emotional and physical harm from terrorism of different sources—trace these backward to discern rightly, to find the cause and better determine the cure. Up-end the lineage and go back to the ancient path, refuting trendy philosophies that are not biblical but rather contrived for convenience, for the sake of the moment. Today, forsake the moment, not the Lord. He moves heaven and earth to keep people and nations close to Him—a story we cannot stop telling.