God’s Solid Promise For These Riotous Days

Posted on June 23, 2020


By David Ettinger

Unprecedented Times
The year 2020 here in the U.S. has been unprecedented. Covid-19 unleashed a wave of fear and financial instability not seen in our borders since the Great Depression. This gave way to the riotous activities now sweeping our cities. Accusations of systemic racism are emerging from just about every sector of society, and lawlessness is spreading like a plague.

Americans are on edge over all that is happening, but even more so because we have no idea where things are heading. One thing, sadly, is certain: The America many of us have known is gone and will not return. We live in a society where our professional peacekeepers are called evil and anarchic protestors are called good. We live in a social environment where we must monitor every word we say lest we offend the ultra-sensitive.

Concrete has been turned into foam rubber as the sturdy moral ground upon which we have trod for so long has become wobbly. Where is the security and safety our country has for so long rewarded law-abiding citizens? And, more importantly, if the America we have known for so long is quickly morphing into some unrecognizable entity, upon what do we place our faith?

God’s Solid Promise
It’s impossible for lifelong Westerners to imagine real hardship. Societies throughout history have existed in misery for decades, freedom but a fleeting concept, human rights an unattainable aspiration. Such societies exist today.

Other societies have existed with the daily specter of death looming above them like a foreboding storm cloud. Such was the case of Israel’s Southern Kingdom of Judah during the days of the prophet Jeremiah. For almost 40 years this faithful man of God warned Judah that judgment was coming. However, the more he declared, the more sinful his people behaved.

Yet, there was always a remnant of Israelites who stayed faithful to God. In return, God would be faithful to them. God would protect and uphold those precious few, not allowing their souls to be swept away into the oblivion designated for the wicked. Regardless of the ongoing chaos, God held out this solid promise:

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit (Jeremiah 17:7-8).

A Promise for the Ages
This glorious promise was not solely intended for the Israelites of that day, but for the entirety of the faithful for all generations. God’s promise does not presume that His children will be spared the fiery trials of the times in which we live, but that we will be able to inwardly triumph in the midst of them.

Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ should never fear what the world fears (Isaiah 8:12), as we know that our eternal souls are sheltered in God’s unyielding grasp and cannot be kidnapped (John 10:28-29). The sureness of our eternal status should direct the way we live our mortal lives.

In these days of pandemics, societal decline, and moral indignation, we need to stand as tall, majestic trees, knowing that the mightiest of gales cannot shake us. Yes, we will be assailed by the elements and at times be badly shaken, but we nonetheless stand as powerful oaks in the rich soil of our Father’s protection, our eternity a sure reality.

Therefore, stand boldly on God’s solid promise, refusing to let these unsettling days to daunt you. Rather, stand as an unmovable tree planted by the water, countering messages of gloom and doom with a message of life: That Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and that all those who place their faith in Him will overcome the madness of this world and live with Him for eternity in a paradise we can scarcely imagine!