Finding Peace in the Midst of Lawlessness and Deceit

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Finding Peace in the Midst of Lawlessness and Deceit
By Jonathan C. Brentner

Have you ever experienced a feeling deep inside your soul that something was terribly wrong? That’s what I feel at the moment.

Perhaps it’s a case of deep sadness as I look at the state of my country and the world. My president abandoned hundreds, if not many more, of American citizens in Afghanistan. He gave the Taliban a list of the Afghans who helped the U.S. forces while stationed there, a kill list if you will. The Taliban have already begun brutally and sadistically murdering these former allies of America. I shudder to think of the fate of Americans left behind in that nation.

It gets worse. The Biden administration has gifted the Taliban, ISIS, and Al Qaeda with a treasure trove of weapons beyond their wildest dreams. Don’t let anyone deceive you; these three groups are interchangeable and fully support each other. These demonic killers will most certainly use these weapons to murder many more innocent civilians and Bible-believing Christians in Afghanistan. How long before they export such terror?

Lara Logan from Sixty Minutes recently stated that everything Biden and his cohorts have told us and continue to tell us about the situation in Afghanistan is a total lie. Back in July, Biden told the President of Afghanistan to deceive the world about the insurgent strength of the Taliban. Biden knew well in advance that his plan would lead to the disaster we saw take place and the horrors that remain for those still there.

How do we as redeemed saints avoid anger when we look at the deceit and great lawlessness afoot in our world? I believe the Lord inspired Psalm 37 to calm His followers during times such as this.

Do Not Fret​


Psalm 37 tells us not to “fret” (vv. 1, 7-8) at the evil we see all around us. The word in the Hebrew signifies a deeper passion than what one might expect; it depicts a person burning with anger, furious at evil that he or she sees. It accurately depicts how we often react to the out of control lawlessness in our world, does it not?

The Lord knew the sight of evil people succeeding in their “wicked devices” would kindle anger inside us (v. 7). At the end of verse 8 He tells us why we must not continue in in such a state; “it tends only to evil.”

He also provides us with a reason to remain calm in times such in these; it comes through contemplating the end of those promoting violence and immoral behavior in our world.

In verse 9 of Psalm 37, the Lords tells us that “evildoers will be cut off.” Verses 12-17 assure us that the Lord will judge the wicked and the violent. Those who murder innocent children in the womb, engage in sex trafficking, and promote the myriad of evil and violence we see all around us will surely pay a terrible price both in the coming Tribulation period and in eternity.

Psalm 94:21-23 adds this about the end of those who “condemn the innocent to death.” In verse 23 the Psalmist writes, “He will bring back on them their iniquity / and wipe them out for their wickedness; / The Lord our God will wipe them out.” Although God does not immediately punish evil, we know that He will certainly do so. That time is ever so close at hand.

Trust, Trust, Trust!​


Though the instruction to “trust” the Lord (vv. 3, 5) only occurs twice in Psalm 37, it’s really the theme of the entire Psalm. God remains sovereignly in control of all things; the events of 2021 are working out exactly as God anticipated thousands of years ago. We can have confidence in His plan even though at the moment we do not see Him intervening to stop the bloodshed in our world.

The Bible also tells us that those working to create a tyrannical world order will succeed for a while in enslaving all nations under their Marxist state. Although this kingdom will prosper for a short while, Jesus will utterly destroy the Antichrist and his realm at His Second Coming (Daniel 2:44-45; Revelation 18-19).

It’s difficult to wait, which just so happens to be another key theme of Psalm 37.

Wait Patiently​


In verse 7 David writes, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…” We know that God will judge the wickedness of this world, but we do not know when. In the meantime, we wait and seek to put aside our desire that the Lord act now to destroy the wicked.

The realization of the Lord’s patience with me during my life helps me put this into perspective. If He had judged me immediately for my sins, I would no longer be alive and deserving of a fate worse than death. How can I gripe about His longsuffering with the world in light of the steadfast love and mercy he continues to show me every morning of my life (Lamentations 3:22-24)?

Furthermore, as New Testament saints, we are not waiting for God’s wrath to fall upon the world such as will happen during the seven-year Tribulation. We are waiting for the Lord’s appearing when He will take us to the place that He’s now preparing for us (John 14:1-3).

In Philippians 3:20-21, Paul wrote, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” In the Greek, the word for “wait” denotes an eager anticipation of something.

So many believers today think it’s fashionable to ignore the Rapture or even ridicule our hope. However, this confident expectation helps us remain calm as we watch lawlessness and deceit grow exponentially in our world. I’m not sure how I’d cope without this joyous anticipation.

Focus on Our Eternal Inheritance​


We have a huge advantage over King David in that we have the New Testament and with it many more details of our future in eternity. For the Jews in about 1000 BC, their heritage was the Land, which the Bible says they will fully enjoy during the millennium. I believe this explains the emphasis on the Land as the “heritage” of believers in Psalm 37.

For us, Ephesians 1:11-14 speaks to our inheritance as New Testament saints, which includes our immortal bodies that we receive at the time of the Rapture, our reign with Jesus for a thousand years, and our eternal home in the New Jerusalem with a new earth to forever enjoy. These things make up our inheritance, the paradise Jesus promises to us as New Testament Saints.

If we live with the perspective this life is all we have (and most believers today have such an earthbound outlook), the violence, wickedness, and grief inherent in his world will either kindle burning rage inside us or cause doubt and despair to grow inside us as we fear what might lie ahead. The only other alternative is to believe the mainstream media lie that “we can do this,” that life can and will return to normal someday.

At the moment, lawlessness proceeds unchecked across the world. The most ruthless and demonic killers of our time now have an incredible stash of high-tech weapons. The perilous times in which we live will grow darker in the weeks and months to come (although the Rapture might happen at any moment).

1 Corinthians 15:19 says, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only; we are of all people most to be pitied.” While all those in Christ will agree with the Apostle Paul, most do not live as though his words in this verse are true. They believe in eternal life, but place all their hopes in earthly outcomes.

Those with such a perspective often state their faith in spiritual-sounding words that impress many, but they fail to express any hope beyond the grave. Though genuine saints, they walk as though eternity does not exist, which makes them prime candidates for doubt or despair when they watch tragedy unfold in the world or even in their lives.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 sums up the perspective we must have for such a time as this, “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

It’s when one takes paradise out of eternity that his or her fondest hopes become those with earthly outcomes. Why focus on life ever-after if it’s not that much different from today?

On the other hand, when we set our fondest hopes on the realization that this vale of tears might end at any moment with the Rapture, we find that an unexplainable hope and calmness invades our hearts. We know the Lord will deal justly with this world after He takes us to the place He’s preparing for us in His Father’s house.

So yes, I feel sad at the great deception and lawlessness overtaking my country. However, there remains a crazy, unexplained peace deep in my soul that soon returns even when I briefly give in to fretting over what I see.

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Kerbluey

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Great article!! It’s been a very hard year for me in that I’ve desperately struggled with despair. A few days ago God blessed me with peace finally. Instead of avoiding it I turned and faced the things I was afraid of— losing everyone I hold dear. In that moment God gave me His peace that has been with me since. It’s not that I’m not affected by all that’s going on, but like the author, there’s peace deep in my soul. The funny thing is it’s not the rapture but eternity in heaven that helps me. Nobody knows how bad things will get before the rapture, so for me that was little comfort. I obviously needed to switch my focus on heaven rather than earth.

I read an interesting story about a man who was on one of the planes on 9/11. He and his family were believers, and he left a message for his wife that ended with him saying “See you there” referring to heaven. I can finally say I feel the same way here at 54 years of age.
 

Reason & Hope

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Great article. Very helpful. The only thing that has kept me sane these last several months is the assurance in the Bible that God Himself will deal with everyone of these evildoers, from the State Department lackey who refuses to help rescuers get permission to fly out, to Blinken and Biden and Milley.
 

Andy C

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So yes, I feel sad at the great deception and lawlessness overtaking my country. However, there remains a crazy, unexplained peace deep in my soul that soon returns even when I briefly give in to fretting over what I see.
I can so identify with this. I truly dont fret over the sorry state of the world, because I know this time here is temporary. If I were to get angry and frustrated every time I read about some horrible story, increased lawlessness, open mockery of our God, if this was my focus, I would be useless IMO for going about doing what I can to help the lost before its too late.

There is more work that needs to be done.
 

lightofmylife

Blessed Hope-Prepare To Fly!
There's something about the promises of the Bible that brings comfort to us no matter how dark our circumstances may seem. It's that inexplicable joy and the peace that passes understanding.
We have the assurance of our salvation :fish. We also have his Holy Spirit teaching us that all that is happening in this world is coming to pass by Gods :bible word. We have the Blessed :rapture Hope looking for his appearance to take us home. :rapture Titus 2:13-15. We are to share the gospel and encourage one another until he comes.
 
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JoyJoyJoy

I Shall Not Be Moved
There's something about the promises of the Bible that brings comfort to us no matter how dark our circumstances may seem. It's that inexplicable joy and the peace that passes understanding.
Remember the.old hymn??
Standing on the promises of Christ my King
Thru eternal ages let His praises ring....


Good article and comes at a good time for me...I am seeing new evil almost every day and it does vex the soul.
 

Love His Appearing

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Have you ever experienced a feeling deep inside your soul that something was terribly wrong? That’s what I feel at the moment.
This is a little off topic, but this line at the very beginning caught my attention. I cannot tell you how many people have said these very words to me in the last few weeks. I didn't even connect it with the state of this wicked world, but maybe that is subconsciously what is causing so much angst among the people in my life. My mom, 2 of my sons, my daughter, my sister and a couple of close, personal friends have all commented to me that they have a weird sense of anxious anticipation that something big is about to happen....like edge of your seat kind of anticipation. I feel it, too.
 

RestInHim

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Great article!! It’s been a very hard year for me in that I’ve desperately struggled with despair. A few days ago God blessed me with peace finally. Instead of avoiding it I turned and faced the things I was afraid of— losing everyone I hold dear. In that moment God gave me His peace that has been with me since. It’s not that I’m not affected by all that’s going on, but like the author, there’s peace deep in my soul. The funny thing is it’s not the rapture but eternity in heaven that helps me. Nobody knows how bad things will get before the rapture, so for me that was little comfort. I obviously needed to switch my focus on heaven rather than earth.

I read an interesting story about a man who was on one of the planes on 9/11. He and his family were believers, and he left a message for his wife that ended with him saying “See you there” referring to heaven. I can finally say I feel the same way here at 54 years of age.

Yes, Satan is working over time to get us exactly where he knows we will be ineffective and lose all hope. I'm so happy and thank the Lord that He has given you peace Kerbluey. PTL. When we go through difficult times such as we are now, He knows and cares about our struggles and we can take them to Him and He will strengthen us and renew the hope of our salvation. Prayer and His word and knowing that He will keep His word! He is faithful.

The very hard times in our lives is what gives us a stronger faith in Him, making us stronger as we believe that He will work all things out for our good and His glory. Even the suffering and pain and heartaches in our lives are a blessing because they make us stronger and these are the very purpose(s) He uses to accomplish what is good, not our will but His will be done and as our Father knows best we can trust Him.

We all struggle at different times, it is not the struggle that will cause us to fail in our faith, it is the not getting back to the One who holds us in the palm of His hand. We have been given the victory and we can thank Him today for that victory and praise Him through the storms in our life.

I was struggling several days ago too after hurting myself badly, mostly due to having to cope with (more) physical pain without med's because I can't take them. But, God knows all things and I'm so thankful that He has guided my life and continues to work in me for the past 20 years through much pain and suffering. I also had a sister in Christ who encouraged me and that is why we need each other so that we continue to walk out this life in faith and trust in the One who will keep us and help us finish the race. :pray :hug

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (Jn. 14: 27)
 
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