Allison Mangrum – Worship Leader
These days it’s hard to go anywhere (in person or online) without being inundated with everyone’s opinions on the presidential election. I’ve seen anger, humor, hope, shock, confusion, and frustration. I’ve even seen people threaten to move to Canada. But, you know what the underlying emotion is that ties all of these reactions together? Fear. People are afraid of what is going to happen in America, and it’s creating a buzz on social media and in living rooms across the country.
But God does not want us to live in fear and worry, but to trust in Him each day.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34
Nor does God want us to put our hopes and trust in mankind.
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.” Psalm 118:8-9
The peace we are seeking will not come from a president or other earthly ruler, but it will only come from faith in Jesus Christ.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
God’s kingdom is not of this world. He desires for us to seek first His kingdom, love others, share His love with the world, and not waste time worrying about the rest. We may be temporary citizens of this world, but our true citizenship is in Christ. Ephesians 2 tells us that we are citizens of God’s household and that Jesus is the chief cornerstone. We sing a song on the weekends called Cornerstone by Hillsong. It starts out with these words:
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus’ name
Kingdoms will fall, politicians will disappoint, and economies will crumble. Church, we dare not put our hope in these temporary things. But, let us put our hope and trust in Jesus Christ and seek first His kingdom. He’ll take care of the rest.Click here for the photo credit on this post