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Who’s In Charge?

December 19, 2020


Talk about four-letter words!

More and more, I found myself shaking my head and wondering, “Who’s in charge here?” 

It began with President Trump’s ongoing vilification over one trumped-up accusation after another that kept Congress focus away from conducting the country’s business. The Chinese virus’s release worldwide and the contradictory messages that the ‘experts’ broadcast had people isolated from each other for (so far) nine months.  Then the ‘mother-of-all elections’ with the outcome still in doubt (at least to any thinking Americans) with no end in sight as the year draws to its stormy conclusion.

A nation in turmoil and a media feeding frenzy that keeps the water boiling has many (including me) wondering, is anyone in charge?

Recently, while listening to some gospel music on iHeartRadio, one that seemed to remind me that I had let my focus shift from the vertical to the horizontal and thus given the enemy of my soul more power in my life.  Don Francisco released the album “Forgiven” in 1977, the lead song being “Jesus is Lord of the Way I Feel.”  Yeah, it seems that the whole world is going to hell in a hand basket (to coin a phrase), but Mr. Francisco’s song was a wake-up call to my heart.  Quoting from one of my favorite books (Habakkuk 3), the song is a clarion call to keep my focus on the One who most definitely is still in charge.  I can get upset all too quickly and lose my focus when I read some of the stories from the few news outlets on the web that I follow.  However, listening to Don Francisco preach from Habakkuk 3 in the song or a slow, careful reading and study of that part of Scripture serves to remind me that nothing has or can happen apart from God’s will.  As my old friend Job once remarked;

Then Job answered the Lord and said,

Then Job answered the Lord and said,

“I know that You can do all things,
And that no plan is impossible for You.
‘Who is this who conceals advice without knowledge?’
Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I do not know.
‘Please listen, and I will speak;
I will ask You, and You instruct me.’
I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
But now my eye sees You;
Therefore I retract,
And I repent, sitting on dust and ashes.”

Job 42:1-6 NASB

No, I still do not like what is happening and have no clue what God is doing, but I know He does all things well. 

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