How are you feeling this day after the election? Anxiety? Joy? Hurt? Betrayal? Despair? Hope?
No matter the circumstance, we should always have hope. We don’t have hope in the circumstances of our lives and in this world. We don’t have hope in the people in office. We have hope in the God who has all authority in heaven and on earth.
What we see in the temporary, God sees in the eternal. Thus, in the midst of an ever-changing world, we can take comfort in the love of our eternal and unchangeable God.
Does this mean it will be easy for us? Not at all. Jesus says that the world will hate us as it has hated Him. Does this mean it will be comfortable for us? Not at all. He calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him.
In the midst of uncertainty and rejection, can we trust in the Lord? Absolutely. We trust in the One who was rejected by His own people and forsaken by His Father on the cross for our sake. In the face of persecution, can we obey? Absolutely. We can obey in faith through the One who has obeyed through persecution to the point of death on the cross for us.
Fear and brokenness led people to vote the way they did yesterday on both sides. Fear and brokenness are present today after the election. And they will be there in the days to come until Jesus comes back, no matter who is in power.
However, we are a people who have been freed from fear and anxiety. We are a people whose brokenness has been healed by the blood of the Lamb. Now, as always, we are called to be salt and light. We are called to love our enemies. We are called to pursue justice and to pray to our heavenly Father. We are called to share Christ by being Christ to this fearful and broken world.
We are not first part of an earthly nation, but we are first part of a heavenly Kingdom. We are called to live Kingdom Life in a broken society. We are called to be faithful in a fallen world.
Cling to Christ. Take comfort. Be in prayer. Obey in faith. Walk humbly with your God.
Grace and peace be with you all.
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