Five days have passed since the United States presidential election of 2000.
Not all ballots have been counted yet. Others have been counted at least twice. So we still don't know if the next President will be George W. Bush or Al Gore.
Fear, anger, suspicion, bitterness, hatred -- these sentiments abound all over the country. And the signs are that these personal and national poisons are spreading with a swiftness that mounts as the suspense and the waiting mount.
But without question, fear abounds.
What about you?
Does the current political and legal turmoil and uncertainty unnerve you? What fears harass your soul?
I have a simple message for all readers, but particularly for Christians.
This does not mean denying the existence of those things that provoke fear in our hearts. Nor does it mean trying to convince ourselves that such factors do not disquiet our souls.
It does mean making the conscious choice to change your focus from the problems to the Master. And it means doing this as frequently as the fearful, disquieted, unsettled feelings strike.
Please consider these verses from God's Word:
"Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens" (Psalm 123:1).My friend, no matter what happens in the United States, "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice" (Philippians 4:4). And keep in mind "that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will" (Daniel 4:17).
"In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me" (Psalm 120:1).
"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help" (Psalm 121:1).
"They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever" (Psalm 125:1).
"Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD" (Psalm 130:1).
"Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child" (Psalm 131:2).
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27).
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
"The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace" (Numbers 6:26).
"The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace" (Psalm 29:11).
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me" (John 14:1).
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls" (Matthew 11:28, 29).
So, dear Christian, ask Jesus to give you peace, hope, and joy. All around you are fearful people; how can you help them by pointing them to Jesus...if you also are fearful?!
Remember, the more unsettled the world becomes, the more attractive becomes our hope in Jesus.
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15).Peace!
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