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By Guy Anthony
November 19, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE to read today’s passages.

Ezekiel 39:1-40:27
James 2:18-3:18
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 28:2

Wow, how relevant is today’s Proverbs passage? “When there is moral rot within a nation its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.” My question is: can the predicted toppling actually be avoided if good leaders emerge in the nick of time? Or, is it only from the lessons learned from failure that rebuilding, this time with better leaders, can happen?

My wife Gigi points out that I obsess about all of this way too much. What she really means is that I get drawn into the secular quagmire and abandon a spiritual perspective. I get that. But how does having the mind of Christ actually work as I struggle to navigate this very tangible earthly minefield?

Part of the answer is in today’s Ezekiel passage. God, in the most overwhelming ways, intervenes in history to demonstrate his power and sovereignty. God is not surprised by any of the chaos that drives us to distraction. Let’s be watchful--He might just impact things in ways we could never expect.

Another navigation aid is in today’s James passage. In his famous admonitions about the tongue, my takeaway is that we each have one, it is one of the few things we can control, and allowing the Holy Spirit to help us with that is about as spiritual as it gets.

The crowning passages for today are the soaring words of Psalm 118. Yes, it is a minefield, but the miracle can be the surprising existence of stability amidst the apparent danger. We don’t run from the turmoil. We acknowledge it, grieve its consequences, pray for righteousness and march through it with mysterious joy.

To Memorize:

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.

— Psalm 118:14

Prayer to start with: Father, help us to resist the earthly stability that is actually a mirage. If it be your will, intervene in worldly events in ways that draw people to you. Give us the mind of Christ as we journey in this foreign land.