Division and divided are the words I have heard a lot of throughout this week. I hate seeing friendships being broken apart. I hate seeing family members turning against one another. I hate seeing the violence on social media. To love God and love your neighbors is God’s greatest commandment, but sadly, I am not seeing much of it. I believe that it is important to listen to each other’s opinions with humility and respect whether we agree with each other or not. I know it can be difficult to love someone who we disagree with. I know it takes all that is in us to love our enemies, but it is possible through Christ if we let Him in. Being obedient to God’s Word is worth it. Donald Trump is made is God’s image. Hillary Clinton is made in God’s image. We are made in God’s image. We are God’s people and we should be loving one another.
The kingdom of God is God’s reign and how it is experienced. There has been so much focus on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, that most of us have forgetten to be still and know. Donald Trump is the president-elect, but God is in control and on the throne. He is in heaven, but He is also here on earth in the heart of every believer… believers who are His hands and feet. Did you know that there is so much more to the meaning of the parable of the good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37?
A man who is assumed to be a Jew, was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. The priest and the Levite did not help the man because of their devotion to purity laws. If they went near him or touched him, they would be considered unclean and therefore not able to enter the temple. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ What the Samaritan did for the man was a true act of love and mercy. Samaritans and Jews had bitter tension on both sides. Samaritans were on bad terms with Jews, and Jews were on bad terms with Samaritans. So how this parable shows a Samaritan choosing to care for a Jew despite… wow. The kingdom of God. It was not one of the man’s own, a fellow Jew, who came to his rescue, but instead it was someone who the man was in conflict with, a Samaritan, who came to his rescue!
I have seen the words division and divided a lot, but I have also been seeing the Bible verse 2 Chronicles 7:14 a lot as well… maybe a little too much but it is a really great one. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Oh do we need Christ in America! Imagine what it will look like if we all come together in prayer? Imagine what it will look like if we choose to forgive? If we choose to forgive, Christ will forgive us. We would be set free! What will it look like if we fix our eyes on Jesus?
Prayer is the most powerful tool we have. There is power in the name of Jesus! Will you join me in praying for our nation and its leaders? Donald Trump and Mike Pence can not lead America without the Lord’s provision and guidance. Pence is a God fearing man, but as for Trump, I believe the same God who worked in King Nebuchanezzar, Belshazzar, Darius, and Cyrus’s life, can also influence Trump’s heart if we keep on praying for him. I recommend if you have not already, to look into Daniel, chapters 4-6, too see how God transformed the hearts of those rulers.
My hope is not in man, but in Christ alone. Campus pastor of Azusa Pacific University, Woody, said in chapel on the morning after election day, “Don’t let politicians do the work the Church is supposed to do. Regardless of your political stance, don’t put your hope in any of the candidates–they are not the Savior. Only God can change this nation.” I could not have said it better. Be the change!
To those who are hurting and are in fear, I pray that you will feel God’s presence and find rest in His arms. I encourage you all to put your hope in Him and I assure you that He will give you a peace that surpasses all understanding. God has a plan. God will never forsake His own. Most importantly, know that He loves you. I love you too. You matter.
If you are reading this, please join me in praying hard for this nation and its leaders. When we say we are going to pray, we must not just say it but put it into action as well. Pray, pray, pray! May God give president-elect Donald Trump wisdom and may Trump have ears to listen to godly counsel.
Three worship songs to listen to:
1.) “We Will Not Be Shaken” by Bethel Music
2.) “God I Look To You” by Bethel Music
3.) “Give Us Clean Hands” by MercyMe
Bible verses that really stood out to me especially on the week of the election:
- Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” – Matthew 12:25
- “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – Matthew 5:43-48
Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;
but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.
The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous.
The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
and their inheritance will endure forever.
In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
But the wicked will perish:
Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.
The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be destroyed.
The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be a blessing.
Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.
For the Lord loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed;
the offspring of the wicked will perish.
The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
and their tongues speak what is just.
The law of their God is in their hearts;
their feet do not slip.
The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
intent on putting them to death;
but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
Hope in the Lord
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.
Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
a future awaits those who seek peace.
But all sinners will be destroyed;
there will be no future for the wicked.
The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
– Psalm 37 // A Psalm of David
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