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The Day After The Elections

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. NIV84

fullsizeoutput_ffeThis is a reworked devotional thought from 2016 after the Presidential elections. Yesterday was the mid-term elections – and when this devotional was reworked – every vote had not been counted yet. It appears that the Dems will take the house. It appears the GOP will increase their hold on the Senate. It also appears that the GOP will pick up some important Governorships. We will see what all of that means.

Over the years we have heard loads of catch phrases. Phrases like what – me worry or don’t worry – be happy have graced our airways over the years. The world knows all about worry and how many of us suffer with it. What is it that we are spending time worrying about today? Are we worries about the economy? Are we worried about the elections? Are we worried about where our next meal with come?

Another translation of this today’s passage reads this way – Matthew 6:34 – “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. ESV Apparently worry and anxiousness are akin.

So what are we anxious about or worried about? Is it our health – let’s give it over to God. Is it our economics or lack thereof – let’s give it over to God. Is it a relationship – like our marriage or a friendship – let’s give it over to God. Is it the election – let’s give it over to God. Is it trouble in some way in our lives – let’s give it over to God.

Let me explain. Giving something over to God doesn’t mean we sit back and watch God. It doesn’t mean we will sit back and trust God to do it all for us. What it means is that as we strive to do our best – and doing our best is an important key – we will give our worry and anxiousness over to God.

Jesus said – Matthew 11:28-30 – 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” NIV84

As we approach another Thanksgiving – another Christmas – another year end – and even another change of power in the Congress – let’s give thanks to God that He allows us a peace that passes all understanding. That God wants to help carry our burdens and make our way a little lighter for sure. Give thanks and worry less! Spend more time in prayer and seek God’s face and grace. Let God carry the load as we walk after Him!

Let’s not worry or be anxious. God has this! God is large and in-charge! God can handle all of our issues and carry us through them. Let’s not worry. Pray for those who have been or will be elected. Even if they were not your first choice – pray for them as they lead our county – our state – and our nation.

Remember this! No matter who is elected – no matter who leads our country – state – or county – the KING (Jesus not Elvis) is still in charge.

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

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1 Comment »

  1. at no time did I hear a candidate of either party specifically identify how they would:
    1. deal with the national debt; a balanced budget is an illusion
    2. address environmental issues; is climate change real and if so how to get all countries to help with a solution for everyone
    3. fix the broken immigration system, or call illegal illegal, and defend our borders
    4. deal with concerns about gerrymandering and voter suppression and fraud
    5. deal with health care in a humane manner
    6. determine if Russia is our only threat to elections, etc.; we ignore all that China is doing and probably on a larger scale than Russia
    7. etc., etc.
    Name calling and negative advertising were the order of the day. God have mercy on us.

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    Comment by Richard Reynnells | November 7, 2018 | Reply


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