In elementary school we learned we were one nation under God with liberty and justice for all, we also learned 2 divided by 2 equals 1. So if we are the United States, why are we so divided? Throughout this turbulent season of politics I’ve watching the news inattentively, but have been reminded of the solid truth. God is our provider, God is our healer, God is our only hope.
Miss Placed Hope
We often miss place our hope in things, people, or opportunities, but have we placed our hope in God first? In Psalm 130:7 it says, O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. Yes, we should have hope, but we first must place our hope in Jesus and his promises.
Though our hearts quickly quivers with uncertainty when decisions are made by our government, we know God is in control.
Walking as Christ
So as a Christian, how do we respond to this? For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
Shine light in the mist of darkness, share the good news, be quick to listen, comfort those who are hurting and walk in understanding. Our focus should be on God and the sanctifying of sinners.
Jesus appeal was always to the hearts and souls of men. Jesus preached the gospel and he knew all that was good, all that was noble came when their hearts were changed. – John MacAuther
The Suffering Servant
We were never promised a life without persecution, strife, or affliction, but eternal life with him. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair (2 Corinthians 4:8). Through we face persecutions of many kinds “we are called to walk in what is moral, what is true and what is best for our nation” – Jeff Durbin. That does not mean blindly follow the crowd, but being obedient to authority that has been established by God.
In Romans 13:1 it says, Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Though you may agree or disagree with our leaders we are called to submit and be respectful. Pray for them and be a light on to them. Think of Daniel and King Nebuchadnezzar. King Nebuchadnezzar was an idol worshiper who became a man of great faith. If Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego did not reflect Christ and did not stand upon the word of God in the face of affliction, the King would have never met Jesus.
We can’t serve God when we turn from his word, neither can we serve each other when we do not love our neighbor. We must talk about these issues, seek wisdom and go to God’s word in order to truly gain understanding. Remember, God is ultimately in control, let us not miss place our hope, but trust in God. Let’s not just talk of being a light for Christ in the mist of darkness, but do it! Lets not be hears of the word, but doers.
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14