From Magic City Morning Star|
J. Grant Swank
During this election year in particular, even the believer may find himself out of his element. That is, he may find himself swept up in the talkathons so as to miss sight of God. That can happen. We’re mortal, remember - spiritually flawed creatures.
Therefore, with all that’s going on around us - a world caught in its own webs - the believer continues to look above it all into the face of God.
There are those putting their political trust, indeed their personal futures, in the hands of horsemen on chariots - Republican or Democrat or Independent or whatever. Such folly. They are as flawed as the rest of us.
God is watching. God sees it. God is very much aware. It is His property, after all. Granted, it has fallen temporally into the hands of the prince of the power of the air - Satan. But God is still Alpha and Omega. He is the Start and Finish. He provided the call of creation. He will provide the call to conclusion. It is God who has overseen the ins and outs of all human history. It is this God who capes the globe with His judgment and His mercy.
Therefore, those who have come under God’s grace leave the workings of history to God. Chariots and horsemen may dart to and fro. They always will. But the believer’s trust is not in them; it is in the God of time and eternity.
Does God sit by and merely ponder? No. God acts. And God is acting now. Then what believers need to do in the hour of confusion and peril is to fling their hearts more deeply into God. God is not only in history. God is above history. Therefore, when the believer flings his trust deeply into God, he anchors himself into One who not only impregnates Himself in the world’s doings but ultimately rounds out those doings. Therefore, the believer’s outcome is secure - grounded - sure.
Consequently, this is a time for praising God, not pouting or bewailing or twisting one’s hands in doom. This is the time for praising God above the fray. This is the hour for pronouncing His name above the political calls to right and left. This is the very moment when heaven waits for children of grace to call out the powerful name of God. Even in the midst of flame. In the sight of quaking hills and dales. Call out the mighty name of the Lord God!
Pray now that across the world believers of every land and tongue will come together as one magnificent chorus of praise. In that, we will radiate hope in a dark world. We will shine forth His wisdom and love. We will counter the forces of destruction and mayhem. This is why we are here at this particular time. It is not my chance that we are breathing. We are ambassadors for God in a troubled time. We must see through our station for His mission presses us to the front lines.
You are knowledgeable concerning the headlines? You can dialogue with the best of them on political currents? You have opinions strong and convincing? You are fresh from the newspapers with the latest? You are scouring the detail for shoring up your side?
You are also worn out, frazzled and numb. You are wilting on the vine as you defend your state.
But you are not only a citizen of the world - sophisticated and articulate. You are also a believer. You are one of those who speaks to God. You say you pray, don’t you? Then pray. Closet yourself away in the "secret place." Bolster your soul with, not only the knowledge of today’s news, but the insight of the eternities. Let God speak to you above the battle. Let God guide you through the murky mist. Let God comfort you in the depths.
This is the hour for boasting - not in chariots and horsemen - but in God Almighty. Do it and be radiant. Do it and be glad. Do it and praise His holy name - now and forevermore.
J. Grant Swank Jr.
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