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2020 Election Promises

Joshua 1:9

the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amWe’ve all heard the saying that the only thing we cannot avoid in life is death and taxes. Today is the day – 7 years ago – that my dad transitioned to heaven. I miss him so. He was always there to talk to and to share life with for sure. I covet your prayers for me and my family today. We will all die some day – unless we are alive with Jesus returns for His church – His bride.

The other part of that saying – we can’t avoid taxes. How appropriate that we’re in the 2020 election season and some candidates have already promised to raise our taxes and some have promised other things. Some candidates will say what they think will get them elected. Few will follow through with their campaign promises – although some do follow through on their promises. Although that is not the only issue at hand – taking more money from our already heavily taxed pockets – this issue does not resonate well with most people. I know I don’t like it. And why they need the new tax money doesn’t sit well with me either (of course that is another story all together).

What are some other things that we cannot seem to avoid in life? Are there people in our lives that always seem to show up – people we can’t seem to avoid? Some of those folks are treasures – always showing up when we need them – when there is a crisis. Some of those folks are anything but treasures – people you wish you could avoid – no mater the circumstances. Are there people in your life you have tried hard to avoid?

When we talk about things we can’t avoid or things we can count on – there are a number of times in the Bible – God makes some promises. God promises to be with us – even always. Here are a few examples. Hebrews 13:5 – Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  Matthew 28:18–20 – 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Today’s passage is another example (there are many others). Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

God has promised to be wherever we go – to never leave us nor forsake us – even to the end of the age. Now that is some powerful promise. So powerful that He repeats it over and over in the Bible. That strengthens me this morning. How about you dear reader?

During the 2020 elections – and even the 2020 General Conference – we need to remember to rely on God’s promises – not the promises of candidates or delegates. We need to place our trust in God’s unchanging promise – not on the wishy-washy promises of those who will not stand by what they say (just saying).

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

September 18, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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