In These Days of Confused Situations…
Lucinda Secrest McDowell
I’m pretty sure that Almighty God is not pacing the throne room of heaven wringing His hands in confusion and fear.
2016 is certainly not the first time a culture has discovered that we will reap what we have sown – thus being presented with choices for a leader that mirror the qualities too many have extolled as important to fame and power.
“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;
the leaders rebelled against me;
the prophets spoke in the name of Baal, going after what has no value.
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. I guess the question becomes for each individual – will I trust God and build my life around His will and His way?
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?
I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of Your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing the praises of Your Name, O Most High… 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
Yes, I will vote when that day comes. Too many people sacrificed that I might have a voice. And I will pray for and support our elected government and new president, with a heart that hopes those leaders will turn to the ultimate source of 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 these encouraging words:
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.
(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!
Friends, your cry has been heard. And the ransom has been paid up in full. By the grace of the Lord. Now, go forth, and Be Ye Glad!
under the mercy, Cindy
©2016 Lucinda Secrest McDowell
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