CONSTANTS - Week of November 13th
By Judy NicholsNovember 13, 2016
For better or for worse, the election is over. Thank goodness! The winners have been declared. Some people are ecstatically happy; others are gloom personified. Whatever your politics or outlook on the nation’s future, there are some things that have not changed and will not change. And, as believers, it behooves us to remember them.
First, God is still on the throne of the universe. He is firmly in control and was not taken by surprise by any of the outcomes. Nothing that has happened or will happen as a result of this election is beyond His ability to use for His glory and our good (Rom. 8:28).
Second, the blood of Jesus Christ is still effective for cleansing from sin, and He is still willing to save any who call on His name (Rom. 10:13). He is still at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us (Heb. 7:25). And He is still in heaven preparing a place for us and will return for us one day (John 14:2-3).
Third, the Bible is still true, complete, and authoritative. All we need for life and salvation is there and is clear enough for ordinary people to find and believe (2 Tim. 3:16). It nourishes us (Matt. 4:4), cleanses us (John 15:3), transforms us (Rom. 12:2), equips us for spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:17), and enables us to bear fruit for God’s kingdom (Matt. 13:23 and Isa. 55:11). All it’s promises are still true.
Fourth, God will still receive and inhabit our praises (Psalm 22:3), and will still hear and answer our prayers (Psalm 116:1-2 and John 16:23). Communication between earth and heaven has not been disconnected.
Fifth, the Holy Spirit is still resident in us, testifying of Jesus, convicting the world, guiding us into all truth, and glorifying the Father (John 15:26, 16:8-11, 13, 14). He still gives gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-7), and makes us one body in Christ (v.13), serving others by the grace He gives (1 Pet. 4:10).
Like the author of Hebrews who didn’t have enough time or space to write of all the heroes of faith (Heb. 11:32), I don’t have the time, space or knowledge to write all that is still true regardless of who won the elections. What I do need to do is live in the truth. I need to submit my will to Him who is Ruler over all. I need to believe, receive and be grateful for all the blood of Christ has procured for me. I need to seek God’s face in His word and act on what I find there. I need to continue to offer Him thanks and praise and bring my every need before Him. I need to make myself available to the Holy Spirit and yield to Him when He prompts me.
After all, my citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20) and there are no elections there. God has said that He will shake both the earth and the heavens, and what can be shaken will be removed, so that what cannot be shaken will remain. "Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and worship God with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire" (Heb. 12:26-29).
© J.H.Nichols 2008