Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Disappointment and Hope

      I felt like David in 2 Samuel 12:20-22, this morning when I saw the news that Romney had lost.   "His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”
22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again?"  I threw off my sack cloth and ashes, worshipped the Lord and had breakfast.  It is time to get on with life--I am not going to mourn what has happened.  The Lord is in control.  What He declares WILL be done.  I will continue to trust Him in all that is going on.
      When we got home last night from a meeting, Country Guy and I decided to go to bed and not even turn on the TV to watch election results.  I'm so glad we did!  All we would have gotten was a bad night's sleep.  Last night I went to sleep with hope for America, trusting we would have a new leader who understands the foundations of our country and would lead us back to greatness, so I slept pretty well, although I realize when I woke up that I had been praying all night long.
      Today I awoke to the reality that only Jesus can fix this country.  There are consequences for our actions--just as David experienced.  I guess I have been looking to a man to lead us out of this mess.  Now my only hope is God--where I said it was all along--but realize I was also thinking a new president would help.  I am thoroughly disappointed to have to go through 4 more years of a president who is an embarrassment to this nation, but then the moral state of this nation is an embarrassment to God, so why do I think He would want to give it a quick fix with an upright moral man as leader when our hearts are not to seek Him?
      I have to admit that if I listened closely to my heart (where God was speaking) I had doubts about the outcome of the election, but I would push away those thoughts and look at the enthusiasm and the message of Romney/Ryan and hope would be stirred.
      It looks as if the prayer movement that was started to cover this election has just begun.  Do we truly believe God?  He said He is a jealous God and that He would have no other gods before Him.  It seems we have put many gods before Him including our comfort, our desires, the love of money, the men running for President...
      I repent, Lord.  Forgive me.  And teach me the way I should go, lead me in the path of understanding.  And give me persistence in prayer.  I believe Your promises, Lord.  I stand on them and expect that all things will work together for the good of those who love You.  Thank you, Jesus, you are worthy to be praised.

"And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?  That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?  Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His justice cannot sleep forever."   Thomas Jefferson

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