There are not as many of us who read the newspapers these days since we have our faithful computers to keep us up to date and often times they are more current. It has gotten to the point, however, where we almost hate to know what is going on in this world because it is hardly ever good or uplifting. I imagine there are many like myself who wonder how evil has gotten the upper hand even though it has always been with us. I wonder why we didn’t nip it in the bud, but then I know that group unity has taken a second place to individual lives and the desire for fun and more fun. Shouldn’t we have learned by now; the pattern of life has always been the same and we can’t say it hasn’t been spelled out for us in God’s Word. Who are we fooling? Is it simply too late to take up our swords?
Lead on, O King Eternal, the day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest Thy tents shall be our home;
Through days of preparation Thy grace has made us strong,
And now, O King Eternal, we lift our battle song.
Did you notice the words are “our” and “us”, not someone we have hired or who has volunteered to take our place? While it is true that God used young David all by himself to slay Goliath, I doubt that any of us living in this day would be able to respond “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel (1st Samuel 17:45-46). To our detriment we have gotten past the place where one someone could handle the issues we face even though we might wish it were so.
Maybe we should consider Babylon who at one time was the top nation of the world, but judgment came to Babylon. If Jeremiah could would he tell America from experience that a sound of battle is in the land, and of great destruction. How the hammer of the whole earth has been cut apart and broken! How Babylon has become a desolation among the nations! (50:22-23). Many in today’s world have contemplated the fact that America is not referred to in writings dealing with the end times. Should we not be concerned or at least contemplate why the country we believe is the very best is not mentioned?
We have always heard about the wisdom of Solomon and we find recorded for us in the book of Ecclesiastes something we might want to consider – Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard rather than the shout of a ruler of fools (9:17). I am by no means trying to label those of us who live in America today as fools, but I wonder if we have simply become so overburdened with things to be done that we have failed in our obligations to one another and to our Creator who has already provided the answers for all our earthly problems.
Yes, I know that we were not provided with a do-over when we were born into this world, but I also know that God sent His Son to this earth for the sole purpose of providing His created beings with a reason and a purpose for being who we were created to be. Instead of wringing our hands and deciding to leave the battle to those smarter than we believe ourselves to be, can we not join the Psalmist in his battle cry – For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me (Psalm 18:39).
Lead on, O King Eternal, we follow not with fears;
For gladness breaks like morning where’er Thy face appears;
Thy cross is lifted o’er us, we journey in its light;
The crown awaits the conquest, Lead on, O God of might.