We are witnessing a host of things in our country and in our government that are shocking and very distressing. Endlessly thinking and talking about our national woes, without taking God into consideration, will erode our joy and confidence, filling our hearts with fear and foreboding. In times like these, Christians need more than ever to dwell on God’s sovereignty over all things. He is still on His throne and can do whatever He pleases. He is the one who sets up one ruler and brings down another. And what we see happening around us may hold great blessing, as well as severe judgment, in store for us. The Bible makes clear that material prosperity is a great danger. It can turn an individual or a nation away from dependence on God. America is in the process of squandering one of the greatest legacies of God-given liberty and prosperity ever seen. An economic upheaval such as we have never experienced may be the very thing that will open our hearts to God. It may very well be the answer to so many of our prayers. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way” (Psalm 46:1-2).