BUT I HOPED…

By the time you read this, the voting will be over, and we will have a new president.  You may be thrilled.  You may be heartsick.  He or she may not be the one you prayed for – the one for whom you cast your vote.  But, the people have spoken, and he or she is the president.  You may feel hopeful, you may feel hopeless.

Regardless, I am compelled to say that no president, king or any other official, whoever he is, can solve the problems in your life or meet the needs of our sad and wounded nation.  Insurmountable walls or open borders will not do it nor will any other promise made and kept.

I encourage you today.  GOD IS STILL IN CHARGE.  It may not seem like it.  You may wonder where He is in all this mess, but I assure you, HE IS IN CHARGE!  Out of sight, He still steers the ship sticking to His master plan.  Christianity has survived in spite of the rise and fall of many nations, and it will survive whatever happens in our beloved America.

Daniel 2:21 tells us, God “…raises up kings and also brings them down…”

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Don’t you think that includes presidents and other government leaders?

So, no matter who our new president is, whether “lily white,” I say that with tongue in cheek, or corrupt to the core, he is part of God’s plan for this nation—another step toward God’s final purpose.  This is not fatalism—it is a fact.  You can’t see it now, but you will in time.

More than 2,500 years ago God raised an ungodly, Persian King to the throne for His purpose.  God used Cyrus to set Israel free after seventy years of captivity.  Be comforted.  God does use sinful people to facilitate His plan and purpose.

We all have hopes and dreams.  We hope for enough money to do this or that.  We hope the kids don’t get sick.  We hope it will rain or it won’t.  We hope for a better, brighter future.  We hope that America has another chance.  HOPE IS OUR LINCHPIN.  Without hope, life would be totally unmanageable.

“Hope deferred, hope that is not realized, makes the heart sick.” That’s what King Solomon said in Proverbs 13:12.

We’ve all been tragically disappointed, when things for which we hope, do not come to pass.  Failure to obtain that good thing, for which we long, makes the heart sad and sorrowful.

However, we must be cautioned to be careful upon whom and upon what we pin our hopes.

Yesterday morning at worship service we sang:

“Christ is enough for me.

Christ is enough for me.

Everything I need is in You,

Everything I need.”

 

Truth be told, Christ is our only source of real hope and anything else we will ever need.  He is a good, good God perfect in all His ways, and He loves you.  It is His love that makes you who you are—that makes you a person of worth.

In Jeremiah 29:11, God speaks directly to us saying, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you…thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

I admit to you, today, things look bleak, but God is thinking of you and planning for you.  You will have a future where hope will be realized.

There is an old song of commitment that I sang as a teenager.  The song has been repurposed and given a new melody, as have many others, but it says the same thing.

“I have decided to follow Jesus,

No turning back, no turning back

The Cross before me,

The world behind me.

No turning back, no turning back.”

 

I made that commitment seventy-five years ago, and many more times since.  I make it again today as I sit before my computer singing “No turning back, no turning back.”  That is the kind of determination that is required.  In spite of our hopes for our country and this world, my heart tells me that things are not going to get that much better.

I call upon you today to make a new commitment with me saying, “Jesus, I will follow you.  No matter how difficult things become, I will be true to you—I will not turn aside.  I give my life to You.”

I Peter 1:3-5, (The Message) “…Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now!  God is keeping careful watch over us and the future.  The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.”

WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE!!!  In the meantime—

 

The sun will come out tomorrow