“Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid.”
The words jumped off the page.
King Ahaz was afraid. Wars and rumors of wars and the people were shaken. So, God sent Isaiah to King Ahaz with a message . . . “Be careful, keep calm, and don’t be afraid.”
Why? Because God was in control. Men could plot and strategize, but God was on the throne.
God is on the throne. The same . . . yesterday, today, forever.
He still reigns and He is in control.
I’ve been thinking about the 2016 Presidential Election. (I know it’s early, but…)
People are taking sides. I like this candidate. I don’t like that one.
Issues. Likability. What will he or she do for the country? Who is able to help the economy, lead the military, negotiate with world leaders? What will they do for me? Who can make my life better?
Politics. Side pitted against side.
Then it hit me.
Maybe we’re looking at it all wrong.
It’s not about watching debates, picking our favorite, campaigning, and voting. It’s not about arguing issues and taking stands.
It’s about falling to our knees in prayer. It’s about turning to God.
You and I have limited information. We look and listen.
the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
You and I can fully believe that a politician honors Godly principles. But…
You and I can like a specific politician’s look, views, and past experience. But…
You and I can watch every debate and read every news report. But…
You and I can do everything possible to be well informed and we should. But…
But the Lord looks at the heart.
And because the Lord knows hearts and minds, because He knows the beginning from the end—we must pray.
Pray for our nation to repent of ways we fail to honor God.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Pray that we will honor God with our political conversations by discussing issues with kindness and respect.
A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 2 Timothy 2:24-25
Pray for wisdom.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1:5
Pray for men and women who will honor God with their leadership.
Love and truth form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity. Proverbs 20:28
Pray that God will protect our nation.
O Lord, protect Your people with Your shepherd’s staff; lead Your flock, Your special possession. Micah 7:14
Pray that God will continue to cover us with His grace.
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. Romans 5:10–11
So friends, keep calm. God is on the throne. So you and I can fret less and trust more. We can argue less and pray more.
We can repent and turn to the One who covers us with His grace in and through Jesus.
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