God is in Control
I think everyone’s emotions are on double go today. While thinking about everything, I read this not from our friend, Joe Arant, and he offers a wonderful reminder of what we need to do starting today. If you would like prayer, contact us via email or phone the office. God is STILL in control.
In case any of you are discouraged this morning by the election results, I just want to encourage you with some timeless promises that our God makes to all of us today:
1. God is in control and there is nothing about this election that caught him by surprise:
Colossians 1: He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
2. Understanding God’s ways are not always easily apparent, but his promises are true to all who believe:
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
3. And last but certainly not least, don’t ever forget this amazing promise:
Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Many of us have friends and family today who are discouraged by the election results, let’s remind them that we serve a big God and He is in control. Ask ourselves, what do we need to do as a church? Remember, to not fear but take heart that He has overcome the world!
We are down to the wire! Both candidates are making their last minute desperation speeches to get the country out to vote. My home state—Colorado—is a swing state this year and there is a thick political cloud of tension hanging over our state. Air Force One has landed here several times in the past several weeks and Romney and his running mate have made several visits to our hometown recently, too. Many have attended rallies and posted signs in their yards. The phone is ringing off the hook with political commercials, polls and requests for money. Even my 8 year old has a strong opinion about the election and who the “best man” is for the job.
What does desperation bring out in you? For some it’s the best— we perform well under pressure. For others desperation looks ugly and we buckle under pressure.
Often we see desperation at the end of a tight race or an athletic competition when the score is close or when there’s a deadline. I wonder… Do we treat life’s race to eternity with the same desperation? No one on this earth knows when Christ will return. We are just asked to be prepared. If we knew, wouldn’t we live life differently? How desperate would our plea be to those around us to choose Christ or to spread the word that He is the One to choose?
Have you been involved in any political debates or discussions over this election? I hope that you will fight with the same vigor and passion to share the gospel and convince people to choose Christ. These are desperate times when evil is being called good and good is being called evil.
2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 says “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”
Do you hear the desperation in the words “appeal, implore, urge, now, now”?
Stand for righteousness. Stand for righteousness at the polls—and stand for righteousness in your everyday life.
I have already voted, as has my husband. We voted together at home. I voted pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-Israel. I desperately ask you to vote and then put it behind you—and go and be an ambassador for Christ. Choose things that will last more than four years. Choose things that will impact eternity. Be sure your loved ones and neighbors know—today is the day of salvation! They desperately need to choose Christ!
We train individuals, families, churches and groups to befriend this forgotten generation.