How Long O Lord?

So many well-meaning Christians keep asking the question – ‘how long O Lord’ – thinking about the many millions of innocent unborn babies that have been cold-blooded and brutally ripped apart in abortion clinics all over the country.

They also ask – ‘how long O Lord’ – thinking about the way that America has turned away from God and His statutes.

They ask ‘how long O Lord’ – thinking about how our society has openly embraced homosexuality and the other perversions associated with it.

I’ve recently written about how God is already judging America due to things like abortion and the open acceptance of homosexuality. If you read Romans 1:18-32, you will see that three times it says that God judged a nation because of their unnatural lusts and desires with each other. Reading this section of scripture sure sounds like God is already judging America.

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Every night before bed, my wife and I read scripture. I’ve mapped out my own reading schedule to go through the Bible in a year, but we also read all of the Psalms and Proverbs every month. In reading through Psalms lately, the following verses seem to leap out at me:

Psalm 6:3 – But You, O Lord—how long?

Psalm 13:1 – How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?

Psalm 79:5 – How long, O Lord? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire?

Psalm 80:4 – O Lord God of hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?

Psalm 89:46 – How long, O Lord? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your wrath burn like fire?

When I see the phrase – ‘how long O Lord’ – I’m not thinking of how long till God judges America because I’m sure He already is. When I see the phrase – ‘how long O Lord’ – I think of the last part of Psalm 89:46 that speaks of God’s wrath.

There is a difference between God’s anger and his wrath. His anger can burn and last for days, weeks and years, but His wrath is usually quick and immediate. God’s anger should be enough to frighten anyone with any common sense, but God’s wrath is what really frightens me and should scare the living daylights out of EVERYONE, including those who are faithful true believing Christians.


Read the book of Daniel. God’s brought His wrath down on the Judah. In Daniel 1:1-7, it states:

“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.  And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.”

The lesson learned from this is that when God brought His wrath down on Judah, it affected everyone in the land, even those that were faithful and righteous, like Daniel and his friends. No one escaped God’s wrath, no, not one.

Later in chapter 1, it says that God showed favor to Daniel and His friends, but what about others in Judah who were still faithful and righteous? Surely Daniel and his three friends were not the only righteous and faithful people in Judah at the time.

In time, God’s anger and judgement on America will turn to wrath and when that happens, the ENTIRE nation will suffer. Even the righteous and faithful will be victims of God’s wrath. No one will escape it.

I’ve often said that I’m not afraid of a nuclear war or even being killed for standing up for my rights or the protection of my family and I’m not afraid of dying. In fact, as a Christian, I look forward to dying here on earth and entering eternity with my Lord and Savior.

What DOES scare me is still being alive when God’s wrath reigns down on America. When I read the phrase – ‘how long O Lord’ – I can’t help but ask how long until His wrath destroys our nation and everyone in it.


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R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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