Letting Dust Settle

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

I nearly sent out this devotional a day early, simply because of the vast number of emails I began receiving immediately after the results of Tuesday’s election became evident. But then I prayed and decided to wait and allow the “dust” to settle a bit.

And there is a lot of dust to settle, isn’t there? Regardless of whether we are grieving or rejoicing over the election results, we sense that life as we’ve known it will never be quite the same again. Though some may believe that’s a good change, others are not only concerned but fearful, while still others are actually mad and even questioning why God seemed to ignore the many hours and days (even weeks and months, in some cases!) of prayer and fasting offered up by so many.

Though I can assure you that God did not ignore the prayers of His people, and I offer no specific answers or opinions to any of you on any side of this spectrum, I will confidently say this: JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER. He has not changed, and He is greater than any election that will ever rock your world.

Is God pleased at the outcome of Tuesday’s election, or is He angry about it? Rather than answer that question, I will declare with certainty: He is not surprised! If you prayed for God’s will to be done, then know that your prayers were answered. The Scriptures are clear that God places leaders in positions of power, and He removes them—for His reasons, not ours. And, beloved, He does not make mistakes.

So let your own personal dust settle, but please don’t interpret that to mean we should compromise in our personal walk with the Lord, regardless of what takes place around us, particularly within the government. Because Jesus Christ is still the same and His Word still calls us to pray for those “in authority” (see 1 Timothy 2:1-2), please respond by joining with believers everywhere as we pray our country through this very difficult and dangerous transition period—and then continue to pray for the new administration, even as—hopefully—we did for the present one. For that is the most important thing we faithful citizens of heaven can ever do to honor our temporal citizenship here on earth.

Copyright 2008 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 26 books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

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