Sunday Devotional: Trust in the Lord

We thought 2020 was an annus horribilis, and that the new year certainly would be better.

But our hope was upended a mere six days into the new year when a peaceful, pro-Trump Save America rally, attended by tens of thousands of patriotic Americans, went horribly wrong. A “mob” of a still-unnumbered protesters, among whom were Antifa elements, breached police barriers and invaded the Capitol building wherein Congress was meeting in a joint session to certify or object to the Electoral College’s votes for the 2020 presidential election.

In the course of the 4-hour siege of Capitol Hill, “many” protestors and police officers were injured. Five people lost their lives:

  • Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick, 42, who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher during the siege. Sicknick was a U.S. military veteran who had served in the Middle East. Accoring to the New York Post, Sicknick was a supporter of President Donald Trump.

  • Ashli Babbitt, 35, a 14-year U.S. Air Force veteran, who was shot in the neck while she was climbing through a barricaded door behind the House chamber, by a plain-clothes police officer. Babbitt’s family is trying to get answers from police, but a family member told the San Diego Union-Tribune, “No one has contacted us. No official person has gotten back to us despite the many phone calls.”
  • Three other protestors died after suffering “medical emergencies” — from a heart attack, a stroke, and being trampled to death.

Has God abandoned us?

But then we humans neither know the future nor see the larger picture. Even Jesus the Christ, the Second Person in the Triune Godhead, does not know “the day or the hour” of the end of all things. Only the Father knows. (Mark 13-32)

And so, what are we to do?

We do the best we can: We stay true to our beliefs and values, not give in to our baser impulses, exercise prudence and wisdom of judgment, and keep our wits at all times, remembering Our Lord’s counsel to be “shrewd as serpents” and “innocent as a dove,” for we are “sheep among wolves” (Matthew 10:16).

We pray.

We keep the faith, for “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

Here are some Bible verses to help us keep the faith:

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4-13)

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Fight the good fight of the faith. (1 Timothy 6:12)

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. (Ephesians 6:16)

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:22-24)

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. (Hebrews 11:1-5)

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)

For nothing will be impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)

And may the peace and love of Jesus Christ, Our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Melody
Melody
15 days ago

Dearest Sister: so many of us need to read this and keep it in our hearts now as we go thru these trying times. God Bless and keep you. xoxoxoxox

Jackie Puppet
15 days ago

I dunno if there was a breach at other parts of the Capitol grounds, but the clips I saw, showed the police moved the barricades aside to let protestors proceed into the Capitol (prob’ly Antifa disguised as Trump supporters), and also the one cop inside who offered “token” resistance to the crowd (accompanied by someone who just happened to be filming, and knew which way to go), but in fact led them to Senate chambers

Jen
Jen
15 days ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

I saw the same video. There are many things floating around right now. 99.9% of the government is corrupt.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
15 days ago
Reply to  Jen

I read some place else that the very circumstances we see in our nation’s capitol cause him to “NEVER VOTE FOR AN INCUMBENT.” Frankly, that sounds just about right.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
15 days ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

I too saw these same film clips. Doesn’t it cause bewilderment to see the mid-Western patriot-rubes come to he big city and be able to have such free access to the Senate chambers? What a deal. As if it were downright scripted {Sarc}

Cinderella
Editor
15 days ago

Beautiful. Thank you.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
15 days ago

Sadly, there is much wisdom in he quote, “rain falls on the just and un-just alike.” Yes, all around and all about is in turmoil . . . I think the only safe and sane position is that “We trust in the Lord, and pray unceasing.” We were never promised that our days would be without strife and monumental problems. My dear Dr Eowyn, this lesson is so profoundly appropriate for right now. God Bless you for “feeding” the Good Shepherd’s flock. God Bless America, and may the righteous remain true and faithful until the end of time.

joandarc
Editor
15 days ago

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most significant and effective post; this is one of your best and most important posts that you have prepared. The Scriptures you have set forth all remind us to Trust in God; He is in charge and we must desire to do His Will. I have been reminded in my prayers to remember that God allows evil to occur to effect a greater good. Our Lord, Jesus, was mercilessly tortured in such a horrific manner that we will never understand the extent of His Suffering, dying on a cross as a disgraced criminal, so… Read more »

Michael
Michael
15 days ago

All of scripture is God inspired. We are seeing the beginning of the prophesied End times. Have faith, God is with you

John is my Guardian Angel
John is my Guardian Angel
13 days ago
Reply to  Michael

Who do you see as the Third Anti-Christ?