Oh Anxious Christian, Be Not Afraid

“I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”     Psalm 18:1-2

Today, Tuesday November 8th, 2016, is an important day-it is Election Day. Many Christians are concerned with the next president, whether they agree with him/her, where her/his values align, etc. We know the types of questions we are asked this time of year. Every area of our lives are examined, pricked, and prodded and sometimes, depending on what is found, we either lose friends or make friends. Some claim voting for one candidate is voting for Jesus, while voting for the other is voting for Satan himself. I strongly disagree, and refuse to place any sort of Messianic, or devilish, language upon a human being.

Yet, our language often reveals the anxieties that plague our heart. The fears, questions, and the unknown of what is to come take a grip of our heart and do not let go until our candidate wins; and if they do not, those plagues stay around. It is as if our faith has been replaced by idolatry, the false worship of politics and politicians. Friends, do not alow this political season to usurp your faith. Your faith in God alone, in His risen Son, will keep you grounded. However, it is completely understandable to be anxious or even afraid of the coming times. Paul tells us to “pray about everything.” This includes praying for anything unknown in our lives. Take a walk with me, oh anxious Christian, and be not afraid.

The writer of Hebrews gives us multiple pieces of wisdom (which is good since it is coming from God’s Word) for us to cling to.

“Let us then approach the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”     Hebrews 4:16

Wow. And what a great time of need we are in. Let us gracefully deal with one another, those with whom we agree, and especially those with whom we disagree. Let us keep in mind the grace which God has shown us, and the love which He gives us, and may we through His mercy, give this to others.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore.”     Hebrews 13:8

What a piece of Scripture to cling to. This election does not change the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God He remains in control today, and will be in control tomorrow. Our call to serve Him, serve our neighbor, and serve one another does not change.

Peter writes in his epistle to cast your cares upon God for He cares for you. Take hold of this. Do this. God loves you, He cares for you, and He cares for what is worrying you. Be specific with God. Be broad with God. Be with God. He likes your company. Join me this day in praying for everyone-our friends, our family, our political leaders, and our religious leaders:

O God, what a day you have given us. You have made this day, and for that, we thank you and we rejoice in it. Lord it is a day filled with anxiety, with worry, and with doubt. But God no matter our doubts, remind us that our faith is in You, in You alone, and we can take refuge. You are our constant rock; the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. Lord, be with us this day. Remind us of Your love for us, and Your call for us to love one another. Be gracious with us, keep us, sustain us, calm us. These are our prayers this day, in Jesus’s name. Amen.

 

 

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