“When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3 CSB)
Remember “Chicken Little?” He got hit on the head by a falling acorn and concluded that the sky was falling. Told everybody he saw. Panic mode.
The verse quoted above is in that same vein. The question was posed by a pessimist, a cynic, who sees the shape the world is in and advises people to run for their lives. The idea is that when all the essentials of right living are virtually non-existent in a society, there really is nothing much that righteous people can do. So, we may as well sit down and shut up and give up. But believers have a response to this, as indicated in the rest of Psalm 11.
The first response is to remember. We remember that God is sovereign. God sees everything. He knows everything. Nothing escapes His notice, and He knows those who do evil. He knows also those who live rightly. And He reminds us that His judgment is coming. The triumph of His sovereignty will be forthcoming.
Our second response is to trust. We trust God with our hearts, our lives, our very souls. We also trust Him and believe that He will carry out His will. He is thus our Refuge. So, to Him we go and find rest and peace.
The pessimist, like Chicken Little, is wrong. The righteous remember and trust.
Lord, Guide our thoughts today once again to Your sovereignty and Your power. Help us to respond with remembrance and trust throughout the day. Amen.