Posted by: pastortomvabeach | November 8, 2016

Thought for the Week November 13, 2016

I went to my polling place this morning and voted. As I said last week, I voted for Mr. Trump. I am writing this note on Tuesday afternoon before any returns have come in so I don’t have a clue who will eventually come out on top. I wanted to help you to process whatever happens tonight.  I will be brief.

We need to understand in the depths of our spirits that regardless of who wins this election and regardless of how good, bad, or ugly you or I think the outcome is and regardless of whether the situation grows worse in the U.S. from our perspective or gets better for a time that we are never without hope and we can thrive as believers in Jesus Christ.

I want you to look at one person in the Bible – Daniel. Daniel 1:1-4 reads, In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.

Did you ever notice the kind of culture and government in which Daniel lived? When we think of Daniel we think of the three Hebrew children and the fiery furnace. We think of God closing the mouths of lions so Daniel could live. But we don’t often consider the situation Daniel found himself caught up in. Through no fault of his, Daniel was taken prisoner when Nebuchadnezzar, one of the most evil rulers of all time, overthrew all of Judah, destroyed the temple, and even mocked God by putting the holy pieces from the temple in the temple of his god. Daniel and all of the best and brightest were carried to Babylon and required to learn the language and culture of the Chaldeans. It was the same type of brainwashing that many totalitarian regimes use today. The king’s goal was to press these top-notch young men into service in his regime, to make them his best and brightest. And they didn’t get to vote on it. They were stuck.

Let me ask, if your candidate loses today, and your worst fears are proven true, what is going to be your attitude tomorrow? In your estimation, whose fault will it be that the “wrong” person is in power? And how will you respond to the policies that come down from that administration?

Now, go back to Daniel 1:2 and reread that verse. Who made it possible for the Babylonians to defeat Judah, to ransack the temple, to carry off the best of the best to a lifetime of slavery? It says, the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. Do you think it is possible that you could trust tomorrow, if your candidate loses and even if your candidate wins, that God could possibly still be in control? Do you think you could do as Daniel did and actually work within the system, display a servant’s attitude, and eventually influence the king?

Daniel did not organize a militia or picket against the king. One of the most rebellious things he did was to ask to eat bean soup for ten days to prove that it was more healthy than the fare from the king’s table. And in his request, he said, if it doesn’t work out, we will submit. He obviously worked in the system to get the Babylonian education, learning things like astrology and magic, because he was later counted among the magicians serving the king.

What I’m getting at here is that we don’t have to be rebellious or mean-spirited when the earthly system is operated in less than godly ways if we want to influence culture and make Jesus known. It is really when the darkness is the greatest that our light will shine the brightest. When things are the most rotten our salt will do the most purifying. Sometimes we do that by meekly living out our faith under difficult circumstances. Jesus was know as the meekest man ever to live and look what He accomplished.

You and I have nothing to fear or dread, no matter who wins tonight. God is still on the throne. Faith still works because He is greater than anyone who is in the world. And when you read the back of the book, you’ll find out that the end has not changed. We still win! So take hope, be encouraged, tell someone that you’re thrilled to live for Jesus in an age when living for Jesus makes such a difference. Be the Christian who is the Daniel of today! Just a thought.


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