Does anyone other than me f
it interesting that the Presidential election falls in the month that we are to
celebrate and give thanks? I do. But I seem to find irony in most things. Must
be the literature teacher in me……. “Students, always look for the irony.” ind
The responses and reactions of so many people to the election have been anything but thankful. I too, have fallen into that category. But I have been doing a lot of thinking over the last couple of days. What if the election had gone a different way? Would I be more thankful? Would I be happier? More content? More comforted? Sadly, I probably would. Why do I say sadly? (I am asking a lot of questions in this post J ) Because if that were true then I would be putting my hope, my confidence, my happiness in things of this world. As a Christian that is not how I am called to live. I am called to believe that He who knew what would take place on
November 6, 2012 knew it before He laid the foundations
of the world. He also knows what will happen down the road. Dare I say, it………
He allowed it. Daniel states, “He
changes time and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to
the wise and knowledge to the discerning.”
It is a different day that we live in compared to when our parents and grandparents were growing up. Morals are changing, diminishing practically. Sometimes it seems like it just would have been better to have lived in a different time. But, now is the time ordained for me, for us who are here. I teach a Bible as literature class at my high school (public school, thank you very much. God is allowing His word to be read in public school!) and we just got through bringing the Israelites out of the wilderness into the Promised Land. I can’t help but see the ironic parallel to our own situation. God’s chosen people were being brought from slavery to march into The Promised Land. With a guarantee from the Man Himself it would happen victoriously. Over and Over He guaranteed it. Actually He promised it. Actually even better, He swore it. By Himself! Blows my mind. We swear on the Bible, swear to God, swear on someone’s grave, blah, blah, blah. He swears by Himself. Ought to be enough. Yet, it isn’t, just like it wasn’t for the Israelites – the chosen people. We too are the chosen ones, bought at a price, paid in Blood by His Perfect and Holy Son. We are guaranteed through that payment, victory to our Promised Land – eternity with Him. Yet, just like those who had received His covenant, witnessed unspeakable miracles, deliverance from bondage, we also “murmur in the desert”. We keep our eyes on our circumstances that seem so dire and overwhelming and unconquerable. When all He asks us to do is look to Him and trust He means what He says. We spend so much time debating the truth from our politicians and who tells the truth more, who will stand by their word more. Well, I for one want to start living as though my trust is in the One who stands by His Word because HE IS THE WORD!!!!!!! I say it and I mean it, but I want to live it. Live every day as though this world does not make or break me.
God’s Word is very clear the end times will not be pleasant. It will not be an easy time for Christians. We will suffer persecution, we will suffer trials. How are we to respond to that? James 1:2 “Count it pure joy, my brothers when you suffer trials of many kinds”
But why????? Because when we persevere under trial we “receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” There He goes making more promises.
I think it is high time I start trusting the One who can deliver on His promises. It won’t be a politician with big promises who will save this country. God was, is and will be in control. “Yes, I am coming soon. Amen. Come Lord Jesus.”