Glory to God, for He is on His throne! Jesus is King, Lord, and Savior to all who call to Him for salvation. America is today still the greatest nation in history and I praise God for being born an American. No matter the outcome of our elections throughout history, the peaceful transition of power is a God-breathed miracle captured by godly men who founded our nation. They were God-fearing men who recognized and relied upon the Providence of God.
Our nation is truly at a crossroads. The political outcome of yesterday’s election is a reflection…a symptom…of what ails our great country. Over half of our country clearly has an entitlement mentality where they believe by merely being Americans who may or may not have been dealt a bad hand that they are entitled to other people’s money. Beloved, that is a clear indication of a deeper issue that must be addressed.
I am as concerned with the economic situation our country finds itself in as the next person. I am also concerned for the future of our country. But as I have been writing here for years now, renewal in our land will only follow revival. No amount of economic prosperity or individual liberty will fix our societal and moral issues. Of course they can aid in its improvement, but to rely solely upon them when the core problem of our country is spiritual is a fool’s errand.
It is times like these that we must lean into the Lord Jesus Christ because He is the conqueror of nations; He is our refuge as the title of Psalm 46 reads. Notice the last two verses of this beloved song:
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” (Psalm 46:10-11)
When our fears are at their greatest is when we must wait on God. If our faith is real, then can we trust in the only true God? That is the question in the end. Do we trust God with our future? King David did:
“Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.” (Psalm 62:1)
I wrote on Monday that the way we can show the world the difference that is the Christian life is to rejoice in the Lord because it would be a great testimony to the lost world and perhaps a calming effect on the brethren. I look to the psalms when I need comfort and I find it in Psalm 47:
“God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne. The princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; He is greatly exalted.” (Psalm 47:8-9)
We need not fret when evil appears to prevail because in the end it will lose; it already has. Our old friend Matthew Henry sums it up nicely in his commentary on Psalm 46:
Come and see the effects of desolating judgments, and stand in awe of God. This shows the perfect security of the church, and is an assurance of lasting peace. Let us pray for the speedy approach of these glorious days, and in silent submission let us worship and trust in our almighty Sovereign. Let all believers triumph in this, that the Lord of hosts, the God of Jacob, has been, is, and will be with us; and will be our Refuge. Mark this, take the comfort, and say, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” With this, through life and in death, let us answer every fear.
So we are now left with a choice. They are many hurting and confused people today. Those who don’t know Christ could use some good news. Those who fought hard for Mitt Romney’s election need some encouragement. Those who may have exchanged harsh words with friends and families during this tough election cycle, need grace and mercy.
The question is, what role will we play in the aftermath?
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