Bumpy Night’ Ahead, but Never Forget …

Posted on October 12, 2020


By David Ettinger

Legendary Line
In the 1950 cinema classic “All About Eve,” Margot Channing – played by Bette Davis – was hosting a party. Just before the guests arrived, she turned to her three closest friends and uttered the immortal line: “Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy night.”

Bette Davis as Margot Channing

And was it ever! There was backbiting, malice, defamation, deprecation, and other forms of nastiness. Just about all of it emanated from Margot herself, and it was quite humorous. After all, it was a movie.

In real life, however, none of the above behaviors contain even an iota of amusement. Yet, with just three weeks until the Presidential Election and the ongoing Supreme Court confirmation hearing, this “bumpy night” of rancor and hostility is precisely what we’re going to get.

And we’ll keep on getting it right through the hearings and Elections to the end of the year, into 2021, 2022 … in fact, until the return to Earth of the Lord Jesus Christ. No doubt America – if not the entire world – has crossed a sacred line it can no longer retreat from, an abhorrent breach of God-repudiation which cannot be reversed.

Just as ancient Israel had finally crossed a line of sin and apostasy which led to its judgment and punishment, so I believe America – and the world – has as well. Our “bumpy night” has begun, and the ride will get ever more jarring, distressing, and perilous.

But Never Forget …
But if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you know several things.

First, this world was never meant to continue existing in its sinful form. There would be an end of it, and we are drawing near to that end.

Second, our hope as Christians lies not in our political leaders or in the mechanisms of human ingenuity. Our hope is in the Lord, and it is to Him our eyes must be turned.

And third, though the times are changing and swirling in ways unprecedented in the lifetimes of Westerners, we know that God is unaffected by Earth’s occurrences, has a will which cannot be altered by them, and is incapable of changing from the “perfectness” of who He is.

With this in mind, here are a few verses you need to firmly cling to in these ever-darkening days:

  •  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
  •  “For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed” (Malachi 3:6).
  •  “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow” (James 1:17).
  •  “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19).
  •  “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8).
  •  “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89).
  •  “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation” (Psalm 33:11).

Smooth Sailing
As we navigate the “bumpy night” of our declining world, remember that with God all is “smooth sailing” regarding His promises to us, the ultimate being that we will spend an unfathomable eternal existence with Him filled with such peace and joy that Paul considered “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).

Margot Channing had it right: “It’s going to be a bumpy night.” But the prophet Isaiah was even “righter”: “Do not fear, for I [God] am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

Our faithful God who never changes will indeed carry us through the bumpiness of the dark night we now find ourselves in!