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The Election Is Over – Jesus Is King!

James 1:2

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

RayMcDWell – when you read this devotional thought – the election will be over – or at least it should be (unless there are some more hanging chads or someone calls for a recount). I hope you voted dear readers. Some of us will be happy. Some of us will be sad. Some of us will be confused. Some of us will shake our heads. Some of us will be dancing in the streets. Some of us will feel downtrodden. Some of us will feel uplifted.

As I write this devotional thought I’m watching the early news as the polls are getting ready to close – starting with the East Coast and moving westward. How would you like to live in Hawaii – OK – most would say I’d love to live in Hawaii – except for Election Day – when the race is usually decided before you even get to vote – LOL (the West Coast also feels this way at times).

jesus-is-kingWherever you are with your emotions in the morning – remember what I said a few times over the last few weeks – No matter who’s President, Jesus is King! If your candidate wins or loses – the world will not come to an end (until God is ready to return for His people). The markets will rise and fall. The issues many of us are concerned about will remain – whoever is elected. Issues like the rising cost in health insurance and care – the security of our nation – civil rights – the economy – racial unrest – immigration – and more will face either candidate.

Whoever is elected – the sun will come up (OK – it might be raining where you are in the morning but the sun will come up I’ll bet). A slew of my friends and colleagues are on different sides of this issue. They are not all so easily defined as the press tries to say. The divisions in America the press tries to hold up are not the way we should look at this election. I know people from all over the spectrum – different skin colors – economic status – educational levels – gender – and more – that say they voted for either candidate or neither of the two main candidates. It will be a time to come together – not divide.

Whether your candidate wins or not – take a read of today’s passage in partial context. James 1:2–12 – 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. 9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

I will be staying up late to watch the results – so I will put this to bed early – because I might be sleeping at 9 am when it should go to press. Remember – No matter who’s President, Jesus is King! Try to reach out to your friends and others who’s candidate didn’t win. Do not boast. Do not say the world will end. Pull together America. We can do this with God’s help. We can be one nation under God again – no matter who is elected President. Do not allow the trial you face today define you or us! Our God is greater. The sky is not falling. The world will not end!

Tuesday night in our Men’s Bible study we were finishing Philippians. Here are some powerful passages that will strengthen us tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. We were excited about them in Bible study. God’s Word is always timely.

Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:12 – I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

November 9, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. It would be wonderful if we could all put into practice your comments.


    Comment by Richard Reynnells | November 9, 2016 | Reply

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