Sun, Dec. 15

Letter: Encouragement for stressed-out voters


God’s purposes will continue regardless of who is in office. When Jesus was on the earth, government leaders often stood in opposition to him.

In Luke 13:31, it says, “At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”

The leader of that local government, Herod, was a wicked and selfish man who was known for killing people who opposed him.

However, when Jesus heard that Herod wanted to kill Him, He wasn’t at all affected. In fact, Jesus didn’t worry about Herod during His ministry on earth.

In Luke 13:32b-33, Jesus says, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course.’” After Jesus said these words, He moved on to His greater concern. Jesus was concerned with the hearts of the people.

People in Jesus’ day were ignoring God. Jesus was resolved to fix the separation between God and man.

Reconciliation with God is the central theme of the New Testament. “Peace on earth” is not our biggest need.

Mankind’s biggest need is to have “Peace with God.” Jesus came to give us the ability to restore our relationship with God. We must come to terms with the gospel to have everlasting peace with God.

Threats from the government didn’t distract Jesus from His primary mission. In the last part of Luke 13:33, Jesus said, “I will finish my course.”

God’s plan will move forward in spite of who sits in the White House, in the Senate, or on the City Council.

• In His day, Jesus was fully confident that God was in control, not Herod.

• In our day, we can be fully assured that God is in control, not our governing officials.

There is nothing the president can do to slow down God’s resolve. In fact, our new president will be woven into the framework of God’s sovereignty and used as a tool to complete His unfolding purposes in our generation.

We don’t need to get stressed out over leaders who are inadequate or even hostile. In these troubled times, we can trust our awesome and powerful God.

Mark Stafford

Senior Pastor

Canyon Bible Church of Verde Valley

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