Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him. — Ec 7:13-14
I don’t intend for my blog to deal with politics or to get political about issues. I pay attention, I participate, I have opinions, but I approach politics with much skepticism. Politicians and politics are not here to “rescue” us. They and it are not going to make everything that’s wrong right, and what’s “right” and “wrong” is steeped in worldly things. But last week was a struggle for many many people including myself. I was in disbelief that someone who spewed so much hate and ignorance can gain the support of America, home of the “free” and the “brave”. Not even going to get into all the hypocrisy that lies there.
I know that no matter what happens God is in control of all things, but it was difficult to keep that fact in the fore front of my mind last week and even as I type this I’m reminded that suffering and trouble is going to happen and I’m nervous as to what specifically that will entail with the turn the new administration is taking.
But as last week came to a close, I found comfort in reading the book of Ecclesiastes. Chapter 1:9 says “That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.” (The MacArthur Study Bible). God is still working out his perfect plan, which includes salvation for as many people who will receive it. He is in control when things are good and when things are bad. I’m still going to place my trust in His will, even when it shocks me, even when I don’t unstained it. Man is doomed to make the same mistakes over and over again, it’s more important than ever to keep our eyes focused on what God has for us. I don’t say that to mean don’t care or pay attention, but don’t get caught up in the actions or reactions of people, on either side, but spend time seeking Gods will for yourself in the situation. And of course use fervent prayer to attack those issues that trouble you and those around you.
I don’t know if I truly expressed myself here. This world and everything in it is a test of our faith, so really it’s a matter of standing firm on the rock of our salvation. God is in control of all things, even the devil can’t make moves without His say so.
My prayer for myself and for you is that even in the midst of chaos and confusion, we see God’s power and strength and control collectively and individually.