November 9, 2012

The Next Four Years

My heart has been all over the map since hearing the final outcome of the election this week.  There's much to say in how I feel about it, but then on the other hand, there's also much that is perfectly left unsaid.  I've started several posts, both in my thoughts and on my laptop, but I think that all I really want to say, the heart of what I want to express, is hope.

As the dust settles and the news of who will lead our country for the next four years sinks in, my overarching reaction and response is hope, strange as that may sound.  Not necessarily a sure hope in our government and president, but a firm and fixed hope in God and God alone.  I am so keenly aware of his sovereignty and his ultimate and perfect will in this election.  He is not surprised by the results.  He's in control and he is still the same... yesterday, today and forever as it says in Hebrews.  There's a larger story that is playing out, that must play out and there is a kingdom that's yet to come, that will come and that fills me with such immense and life-giving hope.

So, in God we trust and to him we pray... for our president, for our country and for his perfect will to be done.  We rest in his sovereignty and on him we set our hope.

"He controls the course of world events, he removes kings and sets up other kings." 
~Daniel 2:21

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 
~2 Corinthians 4:16-18

"Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed."  
~1 Peter 1:13


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