We are in God’s hands, not the governments!
A Supreme Court justice nomination. Midterm elections approaching in November. Things a heating up politically. We will continue to hear the barbs, attacks, criticisms, and anything else against the candidates and Supreme Court nominee. How soon until you are tired of it all?
Perhaps a more important question is: Are you worried yet? Our current political and governmental situation can certainly be a big concern for us. It can cause us to lose heart, throw up our hands in despair, and wonder just what is coming down the road for us. Candidates and elected leaders will say whatever they need to say to get elected or gain influence. They lie without even a hint of their conscience bothering them as if it is second nature to them (which to most it is). They fight and bicker worse than children and engage in way more drama than any high schooler has ever known. We’re left wondering if our country is headed down the road to destruction and how long it will take us to get there! With the mess we are faced with, we can easily wonder what hope there is.
The Apostle Paul gives us hope as he wrote about the government to the Christians in Rome, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” That can be a mind-blowing statement! There is no authority except that which God has established. We are left with our mouths open and wonder how this can be: The authorities that exist have been established by God. What we forget is that we are not in the government’s hands. We are in God’s hands. The government only exists to serve us as God’s representatives. We stand firm in the hands of one who is much more powerful, wise, and loving than the government could ever be. We are safe in the hands of one who not only established the government but who promised to use it along with all things for the benefit of the church.
We are safe and stand firm in God’s hands. What peace and strength this gives to us in such tumultuous and chaotic times. Our God is still in control. The God who used the evil, wicked work of the Pharisees against their will as they crucified Jesus to bring about the salvation of mankind is the same God who still rules on heaven’s throne. The God who can use the innocent death of Jesus to bring salvation to the world is the God who promised to use his power and influence for our eternal good.
We may not like the direction the country is going. We may not like the candidates who are left. We may not feel like we are left with any good choice. But don’t be afraid. We find our peace in the promise of God to watch over us always, to keep us safe in his protecting care, and to use everything, even the government he established, to bring about our good. Our money reminds us where our faith is placed, even when it comes to the government: In God we trust. May we always keep that close to our minds as we face whatever may come.
Pastor Martin Spaude
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