Do you feel as if the whole world has been turned on its side and everything is so messed up? I certainly do. Just recently there have been some very disturbing news stories that have surfaced here in Canada that make me wonder what in the world is happening!! A Christian School in Alberta was told not to use the Bible because it might “offend” individuals. Our Canadian federal government has paid over $10 million dollars to a terrorist! A parent in B.C.’s Slocan Valley is fighting to omit their child’s sex on their birth certificate as part of a broader effort to keep gender from being included on government documents. Teachers are no longer allowed to say the pronouns “he” or “she” in the classroom! The traditional view of marriage has been completely done away with here in this country because in Canada’s efforts to applaud diversity, the government is completely negating the Bible’s mandate for marriage. If that were not enough, in a country that prides itself on protecting one’s rights to “freedom of speech“, this country has effectively put the muzzle on anyone, particularly Christians, who speak out against abortion, or anything else that goes against the liberal way of thinking. According to our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, “Christians are the worst part of Canadian society.”
Canada desperately needs God’s intervention during these times! I feel overwhelmed by sadness by how far our country has strayed from God and sunk to new levels of depravity and corruption. John MacArthur has talked for years about the “abandonment of God“, when a society has so rejected God’s teaching that God steps aside and allows that society to wallow in its sin to the point of near collapse. I believe Canada may be experiencing this “abandonment of God”.
I love Canada. I love its beauty and its people. I love the history, the accomplishments, and potential of this nation but it is faltering now, bending under societal pressures that run contrary to my Christian world view. My heart breaks for Canada.
David cried out to the Lord in Psalm 9:15-20 and I echo his words today: “The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden. The Lord is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. The wicked go down to the realm of the dead, all the nations that forget God. But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence. Strike them with terror, Lord; let the nations know they are only mortal.”
David commands the Lord to “Arise!”, to not abandon God’s people even in the midst of their calamity. In Psalm 13 he pleads with God to show Himself, “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall.”
But David also acknowledges that in the midst of all this tribulation, God is still Sovereign, and even if he does not understand why God is silent, David continues to trust God. Psalm 13:5-6 “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.”
“Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken. Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips. Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
Lastly, I urge Christians world-wide, to pray for Canada and for their country of origin. Pray that our nations will repent and all peoples will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)