November 1, 2016
These last several weeks have caused many of us to reflect on the crisis of character in our nation evidenced by our two presidential candidates. We are deeply concerned about where we are morally, socially, economically and politically as we see the results of defying God and going our own way. Why would we rebel against God? He is the one who created us, loves us, provides for us and seeks what is best for us. He told us and then showed us how to live a life that blesses others and brings joy, satisfaction and contentment to ourselves.
One week from today we will be choosing a person to lead our nation. Both candidates promise that our lives and our nation will be better if they are at the helm. One promises “We will be better together” and the other promises “We will be great again”. We all want to be better, greater, secure and live in less tumultuous times. However, apart from God it is impossible.
In Psalm 2, the nation’s leaders seek to be free of God's Plan and take their stand against Him (2:1-3). Although we evidence this defiance and chaos all around us, we need to be reminded that God has installed a King, His Son the Lord Jesus, and the nations will be His inheritance (2:6-8). He oversees His creation by decree, not democracy, socialism, communism or sharia law. He is omnipresent (everywhere present), omniscient (all knowing) and omnipotent (all powerful). (2:7-9) The hearts of kings and all those in authority are in the hand of the Lord and He directs them wherever He pleases. (Proverbs 21:1) In Psalm 4, David cries out to God for relief from his distress and asks how long the people will love delusions and seek false gods. (4:1-2) He pleads for the people to “Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.” (4:5)
God yearns for His people to be wise, always display good conduct, rid themselves of selfish ambitions, boasting and being false to the truth. “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.” (James 3:13-14) He wants us to live lives of integrity “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them” (Proverbs 11:3) and be His ambassadors in reconciling our nation to Himself through His Son. “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)
To reach our nation as His humble, confident and courageous ambassadors, ask God to prepare you and then use you to share Him in your sphere of influence. As you pray for God to use you:
(1) Remember who He is:
God is sovereign: "O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You.” (2 Chronicles 20:6); “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9).
God is love: “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.” (Psalm 63:3-4)
(2) Remember what He does:
He delivers from darkness, always available in troubled times, rescues, honors and satisfies.
“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16)
(3) Remember what He promises:
He promises to answer your prayers, supply your needs and never leave you or forsake you.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7); “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19); “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
(4) Remember what He has done in your life:
He rescued you.
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14).
He gave you gifts to share.
“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)
He remains faithful to you.
“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
Jesus Christ is the answer to the unrest in our nation and our world. He desires to take up residence in the hearts of those hungry for love, truth, peace and a meaningful life for He is the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6)
Will you allow Jesus's life of love, truth, sacrifice and service to be expressed through you?
What steps will you take this week to make Him known?
Assistant to the President