Monday, October 17, 2016

Of Nations, Corruption, and Remembering One Thing



In the last week, my feet walked the streets of three nations.

Korea, a land full of ancient history, taught me that time doesn’t really change people, and the old is often surrounded by the new. The old instructs us to consider wisely. The new tells us if we’ve chosen well.




Canada reminded me that we aren’t that different from each other, no matter where we meet.




As I returned to America, the news flashed headlines I could understand, telling me that people everywhere are in need of hope--whether they wear a hanbock, a red leaf, or a power tie.

We may observe ancient history, grieve over present corruption, and wonder about the future.

But our wandering mind can find refuge in this one thought alone.

“Know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath.” ~ Deuteronomy 4:39

Wherever we travel, whatever we fear, whoever is making poor choices above us, a God more powerful is righting the wrong, moving in our midst, and pouring out His loving-kindness on the undeserving.

A silent Presence accompanied me to Korea and Canada—the same God who overrules all that is going on in America.

“He is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath.”

He is not a God of the dead—someone ancient people relied on or rebelled against.

He is the God of the living.

He is the living God.

And He knows what’s going on today.

“Know this day and consider it in your heart. . .”

The LORD Himself is in charge.



"The LORD your God, the great and awesome God, is among you." (Deut. 7:21)