Last week over 120 million Americans went to the polls to cast their vote for their nominee to be the next president. Many thought that Hillary Clinton would easily run away with this election, but as the polls closed Tuesday night, the unthinkable became the probable and the probable became a reality as we awoke to the news that Donald Trump had become our 45th president. Walking into my office the following morning, I could tell who voted for whom and it reminded me of what Pastor Steve said in last Sunday’s service. Regardless of who won, a lot of people would be disappointed on Wednesday morning. As followers of Jesus Christ, there are two things we can do. The first is pray. We are instructed to pray for those in leadership, that they lead with wisdom, integrity and compassion. The second… trust God. In these uncertain times, we tend to focus on an individual to bring about change and peace, but the Bible reminds us that the peace we need can only be found by trusting in Jesus. So today, let me encourage you to pray for our leaders and trust God. I don’t know what the future holds, but I choose to trust in a benevolent God who will work all things according to His will and plan.
“DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED by the difficulty of keeping your focus on Me. I know that your heart’s desire is to be aware of My Presence continually. This is a lofty goal; you aim toward it but never fully achieve it in this life. Don’t let feelings of failure weigh you down. Instead, try to see your self as I see you. First of all, I am delighted by your deep desire to walk closely with Me through your life. I’m pleased each time you initiate communication with Me. In addition, I notice the progress you have made since you first resolved to live in My Presence” from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. This devotional gives me so much peace and joy because as much as I try to keep my focus on Jesus, the distractions of this world pressures me and I tend to wander. However, God’s unconditional love for me reminds me, “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us”. Romans 8:33-34