I suspected I wouldn’t be able to write the article on the second Spiritual Law today because of interviews for the Personal Care Attendant positions we needed to fill. I was correct. Even getting a chance to read my Bible today was an enormous challenge.
The interruption paid off. As it stands now, we’ve hired people for both positions, trusting that the Lord will work things out. I’m relieved, though emotionally exhausted and not entirely looking forward to training two people all at once. But yes, I’m praising the Lord for His provision. He has, once again, shown Himself faithful.
After this morning’s interview, I finally got to open my Bible. My schedule had me in Psalm 22.
Normally, I read Psalm 22 as a messianic psalm that gives a startlingly detailed prediction of Christ’s crucifixion. I believe that is usually the best approach to the psalm, and I definitely advise you to read it with that perspective. Since my pastor had counseled me and John to read Psalms in relation to the PCA crisis, however, today I read it by making a more personal application.
To my surprise, that application had more to do with my concerns about the direction of the United States of America than with my personal care situation (although I believe the move to socialism indeed will have a detrimental impact on disabled Americans). Earlier this morning, John and I talked about the harmful course we see our country taking, and I have trouble believing that future generations can remain faithful to the Word of God.
The closing verses of Psalm 22 reminded me that God has always kept a remnant of people who stay faithful to Him. Furthermore, He always trains succeeding generations to follow Him.
27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
28 For kingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.
29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30 Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
that he has done it. ~~Psalm 22:27-31 (ESV)
Yes, our government will fight to suppress Christianity in years to come. Colleges and universities already pressure students to adopt socialist ideologies and to discount Biblical values, and public schools indoctrinate children to accept evolution as fact as well as to champion the LBGTQ agenda. I don’t think homeschooling will be tolerated much longer unless parents agree to teach what the government wants taught.
Thus, I struggle to believe that American children will believe sound Biblical teaching by the time they reach adulthood. Already I know Christian young adults who don’t understand the dangers of the politics they espouse. I catch myself despairing that Biblical Christianity will be extinct within the lifetime of my niece’s children.
So Psalm 22:27-31 gave me hope this afternoon. Despite the darkness and persecution coming to America at breakneck speed, the Lord will always have people in every generation who stay loyal to Him. Just as He faithfully provided PCAs for me this morning, so He will provide people in every generation following ours to proclaim His name.
We can breathe easier.