Autumnal Anticipation

We have enjoyed or endured the hottest summer on record.  We are currently ensconced in a drought.  We now bear witness to over-paid prima donnas who get to play games for a more than healthy living who refuse to honor the national anthem.  And we are amidst the most disheartening election cycle in our lifetime.  It’s a year for the records; folks!


I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to the fall with great anticipation.  There will be more comfortable temperatures replete with a more variegated expression of color.  And we will finally know who will be the next President of the United States – although it must be obvious that we are not so united anymore!


I fear for this country.  We are beset by external enemies and by internal corruption and apostasy.  Our retreat from the world, one that has brought nothing but insecurity and devastation, is rivaled by our suicidal rejection of God’s grace, His favor and His merciful law.  It is our young who will pay the price for such malice and hubris.


But I place my trust in Almighty God, as this nation once did, though apparently no longer.  I encourage you to put your trust in Him; too.  The Scripture says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3.5, 6).  Such a course of life is a worthy and profitable endeavor.


The most important thing that we can now do is not to elect either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to the Oval Office.  It will not be which school we attend or where we choose to reside.  It is the choice that we make as a people as to whether we will continue to break ranks with Almighty God and go our own way, or turn back and follow Him. 


We live in a tough world, one in which life is getting busier, more demanding yet less fulfilling, more precarious and ever more frightening every day.  Social decay, economic uncertainty, and terroristic threat point to a day when human strength and ingenuity will prove wanting.  God alone will be able to help us.  God’s Word speaks to us:


“Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40.28-31).


I entrusted my life to Jesus Christ over 41 years ago, with never a reason for regret many years later.  He has provided for and protected me, assured and comforted me, challenged and convicted me – always, He has loved me.  He will always love you and take care of you.  He is worthy of your trust… Are you willing to so trust Him?  That is the question!


Bradley E. Lacey (October 2016)