I’m confident that Almighty God is not pacing the throne room of heaven wringing His hands in confusion and fear.
But today I want to remind us all that our cries are heard by God. 2020 is certainly not the first time a culture has battled conflict, confusion, and crisis — reaping what we have sown…
“This is what the Lord says: What wrong did your ancestors find in me that made them wander so far?
They pursued what was worthless and became worthless.
I brought you into a land of plenty, to enjoy its gifts and goodness, but you ruined my land; you disgraced my heritage.
The priests didn’t ask, “Where’s the Lord?”
Those responsible for the Instruction didn’t know me…
Yet my people have exchanged their glory for what has no value.
Be stunned at such a thing, you heavens; shudder and quake, declares the Lord.
My people have committed two crimes:
They have forsaken me, the spring of living water. And they have dug wells, broken wells that can’t hold water.” (from Jeremiah 2)
And yet, here we are thousands of years later, still digging wells that can hold no water. Cries of confusion abound!
The question for each of us becomes “Will I trust God and build my life around His will and His way, regardless of which way the rest of the world goes?”
Today. This day, I choose to praise the “Most High who rules over the kingdoms of the world.” (Daniel 4.17)
Soaking in Scripture helps me focus– will you join me?
The Lord reigns forever… He rules the world with righteousness and judges the peoples with equity. The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your Name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9
Shall we continue to pray?
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior. 1 Timothy 2
My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62
I will pray for and support whoever ends up being our elected government and new president, with a heart that hopes those leaders turn to the ultimate Source of truth and wisdom.
Will you remember that God’s presence is our only true safe place – refuge?
It’s far better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust any human leader. Psalm 11.9
Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can withstand You. 2 Chronicles 20.6
Several decades ago, my friend Connecticut musician Michael Kelly Blanchard sang this song in our ancient Meetinghouse (my church was gathered in 1635 so people have experienced confused situations there before, including the American Revolution) I would like to close with Michael’s reminding us that no situation can separate us from God; calling us to be light — calling us to be a refuge to others :
In these days of confused situations.
In these nights of a restless remorse,
When the heart and the soul of the nation,
lay wounded and cold as a corpse.
From the grave of the innocent Adam,
comes a song bringing joy to the sad.
Oh your cry has been heard and the ransom,
has been paid up in full, Be Ye Glad.
So be like lights on the rim of the water,
giving hope in a storm sea of night.
Be a refuge amidst the slaughter,
for these fugitives in their flight.
For you are timeless and part of a puzzle.
You are winsome and young as a lad.
And there is no disease or no struggle,
that can pull you from God, Be Ye Glad.
(Chorus) Oh, Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad, Every debt that you ever had
Has been paid up in full by the grace of the Lord, Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad.– Michael Kelly Blanchard
No matter who ends up being President of the United States, God is still the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
If you are one who feels the “heart and the soul of the nation lay wounded and cold as a corpse,” friend, your cry has been heard. And the ransom has been paid up in full. By the grace of the Lord.
under the mercy, Lucinda
“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength”
©2020 Lucinda Secrest McDowell
Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” She has authored 15 books including “Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” and “Life-Giving Choices – 60 Days to What Matters Most.” She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and shares encouragement at LucindaSecrestMcDowell.com
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