Happy Veteran’s Day – thank you for your service!
Like many of you, I was a little disappointed in the election. I totally believe that there are good people, and not so good people on both sides of the political divide, but the side I was rooting for didn’t do as well as I had hoped. That said, I know that I will share heaven with people who had hoped for another outcome. The truth is both sides want the “bums*” thrown out and there was probably plenty of disappointment to go around. What we really want are policies and philosophies that align with our understanding of what’s best. I, for one, need to remember that God is the judge, I am not!
“Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?” (Ezek. 18:23)
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”2 Peter 3:9-10
The truth is, He will crush evil in His time, but the time is now for us to be holy and work for His glory. When life doesn’t give us what we want, the appropriate question is, “What does God want from me”?
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”1 Peter 1:6-7; 4:12-13
Just some thoughts from your very human Pastor!
*”Throw the bums out” is a phrase from a political cartoon published in 1994, it captures the general dissatisfaction with politicians experienced by both sides of the political spectrum.