“Thus the Lord was moved by prayer for the land.” 2 Samuel 24:25
With the coming election and now mass hysteria over the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there is a sense that sanity is spiraling out and the US is foundering about to be swallowed unto the depths of the dark sea. Some good decent folks think that all our hope rest upon the re-election of Donald Trump, filling the vacant Supreme Court seat, and destroying the left in an electoral bloodbath. While I may share concerns and agree with the urgency of keeping the Marxist from dismantling liberty and freedom, I can not disagree more with the sentiment of “OUR HOPE” affixed to a mortal man or a political institution. If my Hope rest in Donald Trump, then Huston I got a problem! Brethren let’s keep us focused upon the Lord God Almighty and only Him. I CAN NOT state this enough, all this political and social upheaval is a distraction of the enemy (Satan) to steal your peace not just tranquility of peace but total peace (Shalom) only God can provide us.
Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. Psalm 146:3
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Trump supporter based on his stances within the issues that my faith and conscious dictate to me. I’m not advocating putting our heads in the sand and sitting idly by as our very liberties are stripped away. I’m advocating to place the Lord first in all your matters and disconnect from the background noise of daily political punditry. For example, I like Mark Levine a lot, but I just can’t listen to him very much. He (as mostly all pundits do) starts off calm and cool and by the end of the segment he is shouting all fired up (not unlike I do). Ok, I get it. I’m not happy either but, will shaking my fist in passionate anger solve anything? Well, yes, it does. It pries me from worshipping God and placing my trust in Him and His plans and His will for us. Afterall it is Him that truly places our leadership over us. “It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding. Daniel 2:21
This coming Saturday Franklin Graham will be hosting Prayer March 2020 He knows our nation is facing a perilous time. He correctly advocates that prayer and supplication to the Lord is the recipe for success concerning the current issue. That the only hope for the human race is found in only one name. The Name of Jesus, which in Hebrew is Yeshua which means Salvation. In a Christian Post interview Franklin Graham nails it on every point asked. He stresses that ONLY GOD is where our hope rest.
Excerpts from christianpost.com interview with Franklin Graham
“I think there’s kind of a boiling point here with many people. We have seen injustice on our streets and some of our communities. The frustration that people aren’t heard, that people are marginalized. It seems that all of this is boiling at the same time,” he said, noting that these tensions are accentuated in an election year where politics often exploit the issues.
Yet no one can solve the spiritual darkness besetting America, he emphasized.
“Republicans cannot fix it; Democrats cannot fix it. Only God can,” Graham asserted.
God and His ways have been removed from government, schools, and in society more broadly when the country needs more, not less of Him, he said, adding that the United States is “crumbling.”
“I don’t see our nation able to go much further unless we repent and call upon the name of Almighty God,” he said.
Asked if he believes that a remnant of praying people exists in the nation and if he has hope for a Great Awakening, the evangelist replied that it’s hard to say.
“For many in the church today, they’re comfortable and a lot of our pastors don’t want to rock the boat,” Graham said. Many will not speak out on hot-button social issues, insisting such topics are “political” when they are moral matters where churches must be bold.
Yet because they have ignored such great sin and the responsibility to speak against it, he doesn’t know if there will be revival.
“I don’t have entertainment; I don’t have music. We are coming to pray, to pray for our country, our leaders. And by starting at one end of the Mall and going to the other it’s an opportunity for us to walk together and to show unity,” he said.
The evangelist went on to explain that though he does not have any hard proof of this, he believes that many Americans are quietly reevaluating what they believe and prioritize, spiritually speaking, in light of the chaotic events of 2020.
“I just sense there is something moving in our country. I don’t believe that our country is going to be spared from God’s judgment. We are not a Christian nation. We are a secular nation and the secularists are wanting to strip God out of everything,” he said.
“Maybe this election could possibly slow that down,” he added, “but we know there’s going to be a one-world system one day. We know that people aren’t going to be able to buy, sell, or trade unless they have the mark of the Antichrist. We know that there will be a great war.”
“We see God’s judgment coming against this earth for the rejection of His Son and we see the Lord Jesus Christ coming back triumphant to establish a new Heaven and a new Earth. We know how the last chapters of history are written.”
“I think we’re kind of in that period of time on God’s clock where some of these things might just be beginning to unfold. To say that we’re not going to be able to reset God’s clock, in the sense where He’s going to change His mind, no it’s written. But He might delay just a little bit.” [source]
Brethren, we must keep our eyes on Jesus and not look at the storm raging all around us. And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Matthew 14:29-30
While we don’t totally understand why God allows the storm to engulf us, we must trust that He knows what is best for us. Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
Let us all keep our eyes upon Him and place all our trust in the Lord He will not forget a single one of you that truly seek Him. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10
Regardless of how this coming election pans out, know that it is in the Will and plan of God. That He is your only hope for true peace, and the kingdom of heaven of where our true treasures lie. Even if the worst possible people come into power. Let it not be a source of worry or contention. “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Matthew 6:25
Lastly, please accept this benediction:
The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace. (His Shalom) As my good friend Pastor Jeff Kipp always adds. “The world didn’t give it to you, and the world can’t take it away.”