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.
Tomorrow we rest and celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers. We place a lot of emphasis on what “we” have achieved through our labor. It’s easy to lose sight of just how dependent we are on God for all that we have. We may unconsciously think that we are self-made people. But there is a labor that we were not able to perform, and this is humbling. Jesus rescued us from death by laboring with the cross. His labor secured our rest. And it’s available to all who trust in Him. We cannot earn it through our own efforts, which is a form of disobedience. “For the one who enters God’s rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works. Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:10-11).The only labor we should be engaged in, when it comes to our salvation, is trusting and resting in what Jesus has already done. Let’s reflect on His labor and share in His eternal life and rest.