What Can the Righteous Do?

By: Steve Huston

Psalms 11:2-3 “For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.  If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

What a day we live in. As Americans we see how the wicked have bent their bow to shoot their arrows at the upright in heart by attacking the foundations of the Church (the Body of Christ), the church (religious institutions), the Constitution (the law of the land that protects our freedoms, including our religious liberties), our society (particularly the family, which is the God-chosen building block of it), and the list goes on; we find that we live in an ever-present question mark.

That ever-present question mark is also ever-changing in many aspects; yet it remains, at its simplest, the same: “What can the righteous do if these foundations be destroyed?” As usual, the answer is simple, though hardly ever easy.

When we recognize that God is ever-present and never-changing; His desire, expectations, and commands for us remain the same; and we remember that the greatest commands to love the Lord our God with all that we are and our neighbor as ourselves haven’t changed; we KNOW what the righteous are to do. We are to continue walking in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, regardless of what the enemy does. We are to continue growing in grace, being rooted and built up in Jesus. No matter how hard angry progressive thought assails against God’s Word or His people, we are to continue living, walking, and talking in the way of holiness. The Left may destroy the foundations; but they cannot destroy what is right. God continues to say, “Be ye holy; for I am holy;” and He continues to make the paths of the righteous straight. That’s simple, right? Although it’s not so easy as we find ourselves facing our own fiery furnace or lion’s den. But then again, how does one threaten a man with heaven?

What can the righteous do? They can continue believing, proclaiming, and living the holy life to which they are called. They can recognize that the same God who brought Israel out of Egypt or pulled Peter out of prison or held the soul of the faithful who were sawn asunder is the same God we serve today. He is faithful and He will keep the righteous in life and in death. Remembering that all which assails us is Father-filtered, we recall the words of Spurgeon to mind, “A dauntless faith in God brushes fear aside like the cobwebs in a giant’s path. No man can harm us unless the Lord permits. He who makes the devil himself to flee at a word, can certainly control the devil’s agents. Maybe they are already more afraid of you than you are of them. Therefore, go forward, and where you looked to meet with foes you will find friends.

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