“Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” John 7:24
“The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b
Faith commits us to trust in God, not our physical senses. Not even the smartest, wisest, most astute philosopher on the planet can trust his own impressions. If we want to really understand what is going on in this world, we are going to have to rely on our faith to decipher it. We can’t trust our own perspective, nor anyone else’s. We must lean on God’s.
“Things are not what they appear.” God knew that when he set up this world. He created a world where we access the eternal through our faith. Faith doesn’t depend on what we perceive at face value. It depends on what God has said; His perspective is what counts.
I have so often been guilty of trusting my senses and making judgements based on my own clouded point of view. Please forgive me for leaning on my own understanding which simply cannot stand the test of time.
Lord, I want to seek your perspective on every issue I am facing. May I listen to you much more than I listen to my own hunches, my own senses, or the pundits’ perspectives. Teach me, talk with me, lead me.
Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36)
I am only a foreigner in this land. (Psalm 119:19)
This political season has reminded us more than ever that the Kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world don’t always dovetail nicely. Even in the midst of that tension, we can be secure by reminding ourselves of our true citizenship, our True Kingdom. While, we participate in the politics of this earthly kingdom, we don’t place all our hopes there. Our hopes as well as our sites are set on Heaven.
Still, we long for wisdom in the process, to know how to live out our faith in practical ways in this world – for example, which little dots to fill in on the ballot. Those little dots represent a great deal of power. Left hanging, “chads” can cause a stir…
This world is a confusing and disappointing place sometimes, particularly these days. Please, Lord, we ask that Your Kingdom would come to our kingdom, setting up righteousness, justice, and the force of your love that never fails.
Use me this day to enforce the precepts of your Kingdom in my own soul, at the very least…
May I speak the Truth, meditate on the Truth, and love the Truth with all my heart.
May I speak Love, meditate on Love, and demonstrate love with all my heart.
May I speak Your Word, meditate on Your Word, and live it everywhere I go.
I pray for my country and ask for your will to be done in this upcoming election. Please help us, Lord, and grant us wisdom to hear your voice as we cast our votes to the best of our ability.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Far better to take refuge in God
than trust in people;
Far better to take refuge in God
than trust in celebrities. Psalm 118:8,9 The Message
In a political election season it’s easy to get all wrapped up in the gossip, mud slinging, rumors, conspiracy theories, fears, scandals, drama, and minute-by-minute media coverage. Where do we look when things are confusing and even frightening?
Where can we run for cover?
We can run to God. He is our place of refuge. When we pray, we come under His protective covering. We gain a greater perspective, accessing peace in the battle and calm in the storm.
I cannot fully trust the system.
I cannot fully trust people.
I cannot fully trust politicians.
I cannot fully trust the media.
I cannot fully trust the entertainment industry.
I cannot fully trust my party.
I cannot even fully trust myself or my perspective.
But I can fully trust in you.
I run to you for refuge.
No matter what happens in this world,
No matter what happens in this election,
No matter what happens in this generation,
No matter what happens today,
No matter what happens November 8, 2016,
No matter what happens in the future and beyond,
I run to you for protection,
You are my place of safety. I am secure in You…
“The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands.” John 3:35
As the Father entrusted Jesus with everything, we are called to put all that we are and all that we have into His hands as well. That requires a great deal of trust and the heart to believe. The term “believe” is the greek word pisteuo which means to be fully invested in Jesus.
Do you believe in Jesus enough to actually invest yourself, your belongings, and all that you have in Him? God does. God is a smart investor. Make Him your advisor, and put your money where your mouth is. Invest everything you have in Jesus. Perhaps you feel like you don’t have much. Look what He can do with a couple of loaves and fish! A small boy give him his lunch and he fed thousands. And He will take whatever you give him and make something amazing. He is doing that for two broken bloggers… He will do it for you, too! We invite you to pray with us…
I believe in you. I am putting my belief into action by placing all that I have and all that I am into your loving, strong, capable, faithful, competent, unfailing hands. I give you all that I hold dear.
I give you my family. It is written,
“No weapon turned against you will succeed.” (Isaiah 54:17)
I trust in you to care for each one of my family, to lead each one, to protect each one, to teach each one, and to draw each one to yourself.
I give you my future. It is written,
“For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
I trust you to lead me day by day into the destiny you have ordained for me before I was even born. Thank you that the path you are leading me on is one that will give me joy, for nothing gives me greater joy than the life you offer.
I give you my finances. It is written,
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
I place all my resources into your hands. Be my counselor, advisor, and provider.
I give you my fears. It is written,
“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.” (Psalm 23:4)
I trust you to deliver me from the things that cause me to lose my footing. I take hold of the faith I have, and I will grow in faith by listening to your Word and obeying it.
I give you my home, my work, my health, my relationships, my hopes and my disappointments. All that I am I place in the hands that reached out to the ends of the earth to draw all people to your heart of perfect love. I leave all these things in your safe-keeping and await your instruction. I will do as you say, for I have made you the Lord of my life. Thank God I am not my own anymore!
In Your Name, Amen.