The Presidential debates are watched by many people in our nation both Christ followers and non-Christ followers. With the debate comes anxiousness about our nations future, our individual future, our livelihood, taxes, health insurance, job, safety and freedom, but I want to call each of us to “fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Over the last two weeks I have been praying John 14:27 over my family and I wish to pray it over the people of New Hope. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” With every election comes unrest and speculation of the future but statistically 85% of what we worry about never happens!
Throughout scripture God reminds us that He is ultimately our King, President, CEO, Coach, Owner. In Psalm 24:1 it states, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Psalm 47:8, “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.” I love the picture God gives us of His Kingship in Isaiah 40:22-25,
“It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, who makes the judges of the earth meaningless. Scarcely have they been planted, scarcely have they been sown, scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth, but He merely blows on them, and they wither, and the storm carries them away like stubble. “To whom then will you liken Me that I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.”
God is the only one with the All before the Mighty, the Great I AM, the Alpha (beginning) and the Omega (end). He is large and in charge and a sparrow does not fall to the ground without Him knowing. In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus calls us not to worry for our Father in heaven knows what we need. We are called to seek Him first, to walk in righteousness and He will care for our needs. As Christ-followers let’s follow the Christ in the peace we can have for the future, in how we speak about the presidential candidates, how we interact with others over the election. Let’s practice what we have been preaching all October and “love our neighbor as ourselves.” Let us walk forth in the peace of Christ and bring this peace to the neighbors around us.
Although our candidate selection is not ideal let us vote with confidence. For the One who has conquered death and has risen, the One who holds the stars in place and changes the seasons, this One can surely stir and control the nations. Keep living large New Hope and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus!