“He said, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, You save me from violence. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.”
2 Samuel 22:2-4 NASB
I had an interesting conversation via text yesterday. Before I talk about that, a bit of my political perspective. I am a life long independent. When I registered as an 18 year old, I did not or want to choose a party. I have an open mind, and a hunger for information. I like knowing both sides of issues, and I felt as a young man that I could only do that if I remained noncommittal.
Yesterday, I received a text from a dear friend extolling the virtues of his chosen candidate. I replied that I was not political, and usually made up my mind on Election Day. This launched a back and forth where I continually extolled the sovereignty of God and how He has anointed every president we ever had. At one point I asked him if he believed God was sovereign. He accused me of “spiritualizing everything.” I replied that as a believer, that is what I am supposed to do. We live life through the spirit.
Many of us who call upon the Lord, have gotten into the habit of placing God in a compartment, separate from the rest of our lives. I have been very guilty of that. For years, God was my church thing, a part of my life. I kept the rest of my life separate. I went about consumed by the concerns of the world, and seeking solutions that were from the flesh, and not through the Holy Spirit.
I took refuge in myself and what I could do. As long as I didn’t face a real struggle, I was fine and had confidence in my own strength. Then came the time when I had no strength of my own. Suddenly, I was completely vulnerable, and could not find refuge in myself. God became my Rock. Suddenly the faith that was merely a weekly exercise, on Sunday, became the center of my life.
I began to live all of my life through my faith. There are no more compartments. The values of God are a huge part of how I approach life. It has also affected me in regard to how I view the powers that be. Those who rule over us are placed in authority over us. We don’t get to pick and choose who our leaders are. Yes, we vote, but the outcome belongs to the Lord. Once I understood this, I found that I had a greater peace.
I take my petitions to the Lord. He is the only one who can change things. I know that I can have faith in Jesus and that He will never let me down and will keep all His promises. This campaign season promises to be a really ugly one, given the overall climate today. I know that my God is faithful regardless of the leader, and He will keep me in His strong right hand.
I also find that it keeps my heart open. So often people become caught up in an “us verses them” perspective. For the believer this must not be, as we are called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I can love the Democrat and the Republican. All need Jesus. I am to be about the Father’s business. Taking an adversarial stance shuts off the potential for relationship.
When the crises hit, it is good to know that you do not have to rely on a leader’s strengths or failings. I know that my real help comes from the Lord. Believers, know that your help comes from above. Do not become wrapped up in the worship of men, as men will let you down. Seek the Lord.
I never thought there would come a day when focusing on Jesus would bring consternation. From the world, yes, but from other believers? I am astounded.
I will continue to seek the Lord. He has kept every promise, delivered me from sin and changed my life. God will accomplish His will regardless of who the leader will be. I also trust that my Lord will guide me to His choice when that moment arrives and I must make a choice…or not.
“It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in princes.”
Psalms 118:8-9 NASB
I think it remarkable that these two verses are the midpoint of the Bible. It is as if God is stopping to remind us that He is sovereign over all leaders. He is faithful and a stronghold.
We are in a time when we all need a stronghold, a place where we can take refuge. I chose to seek the Lord.
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