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Grace Amidst the Storm

November 26, 2008 — Leave a comment

We find ourselves in trying times. There is, as I said in my previous post, much uncertainty about our future. It is easy to become depressed and lose hope. Our friends, our neighbors, or maybe even relatives are losing their jobs. The stock market seems to be a dismal state, and for some, the policies of a new president are seemingly doomed to sink our nation.

For others, this man offers salvation from the place we find ourselves in. He will not do this. We must not put our hope in a president or any political leader. Our hope must be in the One who can offer us grace amidst the storm.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blessed assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

And from the Valley of Vision:

Lord, help me, for I am often lukewarm and chill; unbelief mars my confidence, sin makes me forget Thee. Let the weeds that grow in my soul be cut at their roots; grant me to know that I truly live only when I live to Thee, that all else is trifling. Thy presence alone can make me holy, devout, strong and happy. Abide in me, gracious God.

Unbelief mars my confidence. Sin makes me forget Thee. During these times, we cannot rest in anything but the presence and grace of Jesus Christ. Our hope cannot be placed in this world. Our joy is not going to found here. It will be found in Jesus Christ alone.

Be thankful for Jesus Christ, the gospel, the cross, salvation. Celebrate grace amidst the storm.

Fear and Trembling

November 3, 2008 — 2 Comments

There is a great amount of uncertainty right now. Wihtout a doubt, tomorrow will be a historic day. For one, we’re looking at the possibility of having the first black president ever in our country.

On one hand, that seems to be a thrilling thing, especially for those who lived at a time of great hatred toward blacks and for a nation with a blighted history. Yet at the same time, I do not want to think of this as a racial thing – nor would I want to vote for someone just because he is black, or just because he is white. But it would be an amazing thing nonetheless.

Still, we must consider this: Obama is one of the largest proponents of abortion this nation has ever seen. I for one cannot vote for a man who will do nothing to stop the quiet genocide our nation refuses to see. The issue is complicated to be sure – but we still have millions of dead babies across our country. Somehow we need to wake up to the horror of it. The issue is extremely important.

I want to conclude by saying this: we must rest in the sovereignty of God no matter what happens tomorrow. I know there is so much fear about the future, but we are not to worry about tomorrow. God is still in control, and His plan will not fail. Things may not look as if they are going the way they should, but we cannot respond by hiding, running to Canada, or giving up.

I do not know what will happen tomorrow. Certainly, I can assume. But no matter what, I want to put my trust in God alone. We need to realize that our hope is not in politics or politicians. That is not going to solve the world’s problems. And it will not be the end of the world if Barack Obama becomes president tomorrow.

Our focus must not be solely on this election, and our peace of mind cannot be anchored on what happens on November 4. Instead, our eyes should be on Christ, and our minds should be focused on His mission.

My Grandmother sent me an email this afternoon reminding me that God is in control, and at the bottom it had this verse:

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” – Romans 13:1

God is sovereign – do not worry about tomorrow. Trust in the One who will never fail.