Trusting In the LORD When Things Get Scary

I was reading Isaiah 30 this morning, and a verse stuck out to me. Before this, God is rebuking Judah for trying to seek Egypt for help in the coming attack from the Assyrians instead of seeking help from Him. Verses 15-18 say this:

“For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength. But you were unwilling, (16) and you said, ‘No! We will flee upon horses’; therefore you shall flee away; and, “We will ride upon swift steeds’; therefore your pursuers shall be swift. (17) A thousan shall flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you shall flee, till you are left like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain, like a signal on a hill. (18) Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are those who wait for Him.” (Isaiah 30:15-18)

The people of Judah were being driven by fear. The Lord was waiting to deliver them— all they had to do was trust Him, and they didn’t. They decided to flee on swift horses, and therefore their pursuers were swift. In the heat of battle, the people of Judah made a critical mistake— they didn’t trust in the Lord, the Almighty God who created the universe and everything in it. They gave in to fear, and fled when God was ready and willing to save them. It didn’t end well for them.

We can use the people of Judah as an example. In our lives, we fight plenty of battles. As bombs burst around us, and bursts of gunfire tear through the air, the Lord has one request— to trust Him and His power. In returning and rest shall we be saved, and in quietness and in trust shall be our strength. The Lord is ready and willing to rescue us, to save us from our supernatural Enemy (Satan). Also in my Bible reading today was this verse from Ephesians:

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,  against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:12-13)

In our battle with the devil, we can’t find unintelligently. War isn’t won by accident. We must put on the Armor of God (see Ephesians 6:14-17) in order to withstand the attack.

We can’t lose faith in the Lord just because it looks scary; just because it appears that our Adversary has more power. The devil has already been defeated at the Cross, and he only has the amount of power that you allow him to have. When things in this life get scary, and when we can hear the sounds of battle around us, we must trust in Him. On that day, we will be saved in returning and rest, and our strength will be in quietness and trust. God’s got this. Don’t let fear be your defeat in the heat of battle.

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Is It Really So Bad to Be “Old-Fashioned?”

The Christian worldview is constantly being called too “old-fashioned.” But is that really such a bad thing?

Last Monday, I was sitting among some Christians in a church. These Christians hold very different views of dating than I do— mainly they succumb to the lie that dating is pretty meaningless, casual, and “just for fun.” I shared my views, the opposite of theirs, and they laughed.

A bunch of Christian teenagers laughed at me for having old-fashioned views of purity. That one stung a bit. This whole situation begs the question, is it really so bad to be a little “old-fashioned?” Spoiler alert: no, it’s not.

These days Christians are laughed at by the secular world for holding such “antiquated” views, like our views on the value of life, the sanctity of marriage, and the like. Our way of thinking is dubbed evil and— pretty much my least favorite word of all time— “bigoted.” These people act like truth is found only in modern times, like those who came before us weren’t as “woke” as we are and their knowledge is useless to us. Here’s what the Bible says about that—

“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.” (Proverbs 4:1-2)

There is wisdom in the teaching of those that come before us, and just because a moral belief comes from those before us doesn’t mean that it is useless to us. Truth is truth, no matter the age. Sure, those who came before us were imperfect, but so are we. We act like we are more “woke” to the world’s problems than they were, but we’re still failing at the same things as our forefathers. No people group is ever perfect, and that’s for one reason— they’re all groups of imperfect people. Beings that have done all they can to separate themselves from God through sinning.

For all have fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Finally, God’s truth is unchanging. While what is morally acceptable to humanity becomes less and less strict as time goes on, what is right and wrong in God’s eyes never changes. In His eyes, sin is always sin.

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. (Numbers 23:19)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

… the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows. (James 1:17)

If being a Christian means that my values are “old-fashioned” in the modern world’s eyes, then I’m happy to be old-fashioned. In an age where “truth” is claimed to be relative to each individual, it’s important to make sure that your foundation is on the mighty rock of God’s eternal, unchanging truth instead of the shifting sands of relative truth.

Why I Unashamedly Love Duck Dynasty

I like Duck Dynasty a whole lot. Before you judge me, here’s why.

I’m going to preface this discussion with a statement. I am an avid meat-eater, but hunting isn’t my thing. I’ve only shot a gun twice, and absolutely hated it— I told my dad that even though I was shooting a nonliving target that it was the most violent thing I’d ever done and I never wanted to do it again. However, I have no problem with hunting, as long as it’s for food and not for sport. I understand why some Christians are vegetarian or vegan, and I respect them for it. 

Now on to Duck Dynasty. I may catch some flack for this (sue me), but it’s one of my favorite television programs of all time. I think it’s funny, it’s relatable, and it’s just full of good people. The Robertson family catches a lot of angry Tweets and Facebook comments for their views (conservative Christian ones), but I’m personally very happy that we had a Christian family on a mainstream television network for years, praying in Jesus’ name at the end of each meal. 

I also love the people it’s brought into the spotlight— unlike other reality tv shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians, it has introduced the public to wonderful people of faith. Just about all of the cast has written a book or two, and some like Jase’s book Good Call and John Luke’s book Young and Beardless have changed my life and my way of thinking. Sadie Robertson has been a wonderful influence on young girls (also unlike the Kardashians). The Robertson family is a just a bunch of good people with a lot of wisdom to share.

Sadly, the show has recently wrapped up after having a healthy run of 5 years. I sure hope the Robertsons stay in the public spotlight— spreading the Gospel, hunting for ducks, and being a light in the darkness of media and reality tv. 

The takeaway here? Well, I think you should read some of the amazing books the Robertson family has put out. Here are my favorites out of what I’ve read (I haven’t read all of the ones they’ve put out, for the record)—

  1. Young and Beardless by John Luke Robertson 
  2. Good Call by Jase Robertson
  3. The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God by Jep and Jessica Robertson

What do you think? Do you like Duck Dynasty? Have you read any of these books? Have you ever eaten duck? Let me know below!