“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 fearful.” (John 14:27)
The past few days I've been worried and agitated; as I watch the news, it's becoming more and more obvious that we are headed for a very unpleasant confrontation. I watch in disbelief as our president makes comments and statements that are increasingly divisive. I see violent protests in Arizona completely downplayed by the very same "reporters" who scream about Tea Party racism and hatred. I listen in horror to a compilation of hate speech put together by so-called proponents of peace and love. There is a concerted effort by our ideological opponents to set us up, and I just don't see how any of this is going to end well.
So what do we do? How do we avoid the violent conflict so anticipated by the left?
Unfortunately, we may not be able to avoid it at all. But the one thing we can't let go of now is God. If we are to come through this intact, we need to turn everything over in prayer -- constant, diligent prayer. Pray for wisdom and forbearance in dealing with the other side. Pray for leadership committed to reestablishing the values we as a country have always held dear. Pray for peace.
It's difficult for me to let go of the worry and anxiety, but I have faith in my King. I know that He in all his glory can accomplish everything my worry can not, and it's time to trust that knowledge.