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“When a land is handed over to the wicked, God blinds the eyes of its judges” (Job 9:24)

Jonathan Swift once likened laws to cobwebs, which catch small insects but are torn apart by larger and more deadlier creatures, which thereby escape them.

The assault on election integrity and due process that took place in the United States in 2020 was reflected in the repeated words we heard recently while canvassing for the 2021 primaries: “Why should I cast my vote when the last one didn’t count?” people demanded.

To which we replied, “Because if you don’t show up, the other side surely will win.”

Many liberty-loving, justice-seeking citizens are jaded.  Some have stated outright that the republic is dead. Censorship abounds. Veterans shake gray heads and lament that their countrymen gave their lives so we could disintegrate into this mess. The modern-day abolitionists who devote themselves to the advocacy of the unborn are particularly downcast.

Is there any hope? Does America have a future?

“I would have despaired…”

Some of you reading this post have gone through a crucible. You are not the same person you were one year ago. Or even six months ago.

As for me, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13).

I have journaled words the Lord spoke to me during some of my greatest times of distress. I want to release a few of them here that I hope will encourage you.

On November 4, 2020 a phrase kept coming to mind, over and over. “Judgment will again be righteous. Judgment will again be righteous.” It is a jewel from Psalm 94, and shines especially bright when read in its lovely context. It’s a word I’ve held onto through the long bleak winter.

“Out of the mouth of babes…You have established strength”

My 11 year-old wanted to make a sign for the “Stop the Steal” rally we were attending November 5th at the State Capitol. I insisted it be something uplifting. “Choose a Bible verse,” I suggested.

When she showed me her sign a short time later, I was blown away.

“How did you find that verse?” I asked, realizing she had no awareness of its implications.

She shrugged. “I opened my Bible and there it was.”


Say What?

The morning of December 11, 2020 I was going about my morning chores when a word popped into my mind.


The word came again. And then again, until it became rather annoying. Why was I thinking about this word? I wasn’t sure I had more than a vague notion of what it even meant. So finally, I looked it up.

“Ombudsman: a government official appointed to receive and investigate complaints made by individuals against abuses or capricious acts of public officials” (Merriam-Webster).

“Lord,” I said. “Send forth the ombudsmen.”

The Horse and Rider Thrown into the Sea

On the morning of December 18, I was washing dishes at the sink in my kitchen, sighing to the Lord over the state of the nation. “Where are you, Lord?” I groaned aloud. “You must do something!”

Swiftly into my spirit came these words: “If My people hadn’t been pushed to the brink, I could not have drowned Pharaoh’s army.”

“Wade in the Water”

It must have been coincidence that the preceding day, prepping for a lesson on folk music and with my phone on automatic play, the opening bars of a spiritual froze me on the spot –  again, at the kitchen sink.

See that band all dressed in white
God is gonna trouble these waters
It look like a band of the Israelites
God is gonna trouble these waters

See that band all dressed in red
God is gonna trouble these waters
Look like a band that Moses led
God is gonna trouble these waters

Hell always celebrates too soon

January 20, 2021 I attended prayer with friends from Uganda. We had gathered countless times over the last five years to lift up the president, judges, and statesmen, and over the last five months we’d gathered more than all those other times combined, at times meeting two nights in a row. The leader of our band of prayer warriors suggested that we all pray in the spirit for a solid half hour before bringing our supplications before the Lord.  

As we poured out to God in our prayer language, the words came into my mind, “He who laughs last, laughs best.” Like a broken record the sentence replayed in my head. Then, one pastor’s wife took her Bible and began to read aloud out of Psalm Two:

“Why do the nations rage

and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth take their stand

and the rulers gather together,

against the LORD

and against His Anointed

Let us break their chains

and cast away Their cords.’

But The One enthroned in heaven laughs…”

Hearing personally from the Lord is what sustains me. While it seems like the enemy has prevailed, his is not the final word. The most challenging piece, however, is not knowing the Lord’s timeline. I have also realized that the reality of His promises do not negate the fact we may have to walk through high waters until we reach the other side. We may have to lay down everything – even our lives – as we stand up to the spirit of this age.

Christ gave everything. Others before us have given their all. Why shouldn’t we embrace our turn?

Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio at a Stop the Steal rally

Emily Tomko
Emily Tomko
Emily writes with fierce compassion and a deep desire to see people freed from the miry clay of this world and walking in the truth. Emily is available to minister at women’s retreats and youth functions, college fellowships, and business women meetings.


  1. Thank you for sharing what you have been hearing, Emily. It is encouraging. I am dwelling in peace, day by day, knowing that the Lord is moving, and He will fulfill His prophetic word. I sense that big things are going to come down very quickly now. That sense gets stronger by the day.

    A couple of days ago, I was reminded of something I heard about the nation back ion December 28, 2020 — “Things are not going to stay the same as they are. I have not moved in vain. I will see to its completion.” What triggered the remembrance was that one of the trusted prophets now said the same thing, that things will not remain as they currently are.

    Keep speaking the truth. 🙂

    Lee Ann

    • Emily Tomko says:

      Lee Ann, it is always good to hear from you. Very interesting what you are sensing about big things on the horizon, and that sense intensifying daily. I am seeing some grass roots level action that I don’t believe would have happened if outcomes had been left up to how we hoped. People are stepping up and speaking out and getting involved. Politically, much of it starts at a school board level, which we have left vacant, but which the other side learned long ago. Spiritually, I see the church here learning what our African brothers and sisters have long been telling us: that powers and principalities really are governing regions, and this is what we wrestle against.

      Thank you for that word from 12/28. It’s an exciting time!

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