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By Tom Gilson, The Stream, January 13, 2021

Adapted from Thinking Christian. Used by permission.

Tom Gilson (@TomGilsonAuthor) is a senior editor with The Stream and the author or editor of six books, including the recently released Too Good To Be False: How Jesus’ Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality — a book to show just how extraordinarily great Jesus is, and that He’s worth following no matter what.

I have never been so troubled by events in our country. I’ve never imagined being this troubled. COVID isn’t even at the top of the list. I’m concerned over conditions being so ripe for totalitarianism, or even for an unholy holy war.

Yet I have never been so encouraged — not by realities on the ground, but by a growing awareness and increasing connection with a much greater reality. These disturbing events have changed the way I pray. Old-fashioned normality no longer looks so much like the place to put my hope, so more and more I’m looking to God for it. More and more, as I pray and study that way, He is meeting me with His presence.

My Bible and prayer times have never been so sweet. I recognize myself and our country’s situation in more pages of the Bible, as more of our story today aligns with more of the Bible’s story: believers sighing under oppression; nations rising and falling under the weight of sin. …