“I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You. I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul. All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD, When they hear the words of Your mouth. Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, For great is the glory of the LORD. Though the LORD is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.”
Psalms 138:1-7 NKJV
I awoke to silence this morning. When I went to bed, the election had developed into a cliff hanger, and there appeared to be a calm. I was entertained as the pundits worked feverishly to explain why it was all going to take time before we had a winner. In my spirit, I could feel a growing foreboding, as I could not help thinking that this quiet was the calm before storm.
In my life, God has taught me to assess the calm times, the times when all seemed to be going according to plan. I have learned that there is a warning woven into the fabric of the moment: I knew I needed to be on guard. I am feeling that way now.
This will be another day of sporatic praying for our nation. The momentum of the moment is leading to a potential outcome that may not be what some people want, and their reactions, and the counter reactions of others may determine the futures of many.
I would have to say that I would not be able to live my life without the Scriptures. I have found that, time and time again, God has brought just the right passage to my eyes that I needed, when I needed it. Today is not different.
Psalm 138 reminds me that He is there in the moment I cry out. I have learned from experience that He is there even before. I am not alone in my day to day battles and I can rely on God to carry me. The coming days are going to be challenging. They are going to come on suddenly, and the storm will strike the nation. I will lean on the Lord as He will answer me.
Believers, do not be lulled into the calm of this moment. Keep your eyes on the storm clouds and be at the ready. Today is a time for us to make sure our greatest weapon is locked and loaded: prayer. Begin praying this morning for all the poll workers, for the candidates and their staffs, for the journalists, for all those who may have a role. Pray especially for the people of this great nation. Pray that we remember that we are of each other, connected, bound by blood and country.
Believers, know this: “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 NKJV.
He is before this election and He is here, and He will be there when this nation crumbles into dust. Lean on the Lord in this time of impending peril. This storm is but one of many that is looming on the horizon.
I take great comfort in knowing that Jesus broke the greatest storm I could ever face: the storm of a destiny in hell. He took the wrath of God, and died for my sins, that I will know glory. I can go forth with boldness and represent Him, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because of the shelter the Lord provides through my salvation, I can go knowing that He will get me through this storm. In Him I have hope.
Go out today knowing that eternity lies beyond the storm, whether it be the political season we are in, whether it be the loss of a loved one, whether it be any situation you find youselves in. I can attest that our God is faithful. He has never let me down.
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