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Giants, Then and Now: Becoming a Covenant-Keeping People

One day, in the midst of an election season, my 8-year-old son asked if, as a family, we could study the Old Testament.

At first, I thought he was joking.

He wasn’t.

So we started on a slow and steady journey through the Old Testament, all the while feeling sure he would change his mind within the first week or two.

He didn’t.

Perhaps he was enjoying the stories about giants too much.

Now, all these years later, I’ve come to realize how inspired he was to ask that we read this particular part of scripture, for it has prepared our family immeasurably for the twist and turns that inevitably come during the election season.

When the Israelites, who were a few months out of Egypt, and who had repeatedly witnessed the power and miracles of God during their brief journey in the wilderness, were told by God to enter the land of Canaan, a land of “milk and honey”, they refused, for there were “giants” in the land of whom they were afraid.

God was displeased with them, for how could they so quickly forget that He, in all his wisdom, is all-powerful and that, with Him, nothing is impossible?

This reminder did nothing to sway the Israelites. They were content to:

1) choose a leader to lead them back to bondage, and

2) take on the “giants” on their own–without the help of God. (Numbers 13-14)

Today we face our own “giants” and, sadly, all too often, we do so without the help of God. Many times we’re even content to be “led back into bondage” by the leader of our choosing. It is easy to live in a state of fear, and make our decisions accordingly, rather than to trust in the God of miracles. We mourn for the state of our country, but is it a mourning of true repentance? Are we fully reliant upon God, or do we trust too much in the arm of flesh and in our own strength?

 

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear_ what can man do unto me_

 

The winners of future elections will not determine the fate of our beloved country. Only God can do that. What God needs right now is a valiant, covenant-keeping people–a people who are willing to hold to their principles and values, regardless of worldly pressures or “giants”, and regardless of the result of the election. I believe he cares less about the outcome of our votes, though we hold a sacred duty to place our votes, and more about whether or not we hold fast to God-given principles.

God needs a principle-led people for which to perform His miracles. He needs a people who are worthy of this great country and the freedoms that have always been ours. He needs a people who will turn to Him at all times, a people who will always remember and never forget that He, and He alone, can make things right. In turn, He will bless these principled and covenant-keeping people in the face of difficult times. He hasn’t promised that it will be easy, but with Him on our side we can endure all things with joy, for a prophet of God recently told us.

“Every day that you and I choose to live celestial laws, every day that we keep our covenants and help others to do the same, joy will be ours. Heed these words of the Psalmist: ‘I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. … In [His] presence is fulness of joy.’ As this principle is embedded in our hearts, each and every day can be a day of joy and gladness…{even} as conflicts between nations escalate, as cowardly terrorists prey on the innocent, and as corruption in everything from business to government becomes increasingly commonplace.” Credit

Let us remember God, hold true to our principles, and vote our conscience. If we do so, God will bless His people, come what may. His blessing will come in personal ways and through those around us who are willing “to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death…” Credit

In this time of fear and despair, let us keep our focus, not on the “giants” in our lives, but rather, on the God of peace. Let us strengthen our moral and spiritual foundations. Let us prepare ourselves to reach out to those around us in love and service–for this “watch care” is at the heart of our covenant keeping.

“… if we have not fully done so yet, let us turn more toward forgiveness, kindness, and love. Let us renounce the war that so often rages in the heart of the natural man and proclaim Christ’s caring, love, and peace.” Credit

God is watching over our country and longs to bless us, but He needs us to “fear” Him more than we fear the “giants”.

 

How has living a principle and covenant-keeping life blessed you and your family?

 

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