God With Us

Psalm 46 reads:
God is our refuge and strength,
   a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
   though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
   though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
   God will help it when the morning dawns.
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
   he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Come, behold the works of the Lord;
   see what desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
   he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire.
‘Be still, and know that I am God!
   I am exalted among the nations,
   I am exalted in the earth.’
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Election day has finally arrived. Over the course of election season, I have heard many people expressed that they are deeply concerned and maybe even frightened regarding the direction the country will take over the next four years. This psalm reminds me that it really doesn’t matter who wins the election today. God is still in the midst of us and is still in control of things. Presidents will come and go, but our hope is placed in God eternal. Whether John McCain or Barack Obama gets elected, both Republicans and Democrats must realize that their hopes will not be fulfilled by either of these men, no matter how valiant their efforts may be. Though change may be prevalent in the years to come, God is our refuge, our place of strength . . .  the waters will not overtake us and the flames will not consume us. As Christians, our faith is placed not in what is seen, but what is unseen. Our hope is not in the kingdom of the United States of America, but in the fulfillment of God’s promise of the news heavens and the new earth. We shall not fear who wins the election today no matter how much we may disagree with their policies for God is our shelter and in whom we place our trust and our lives. Let us take time today to be still in the presence of God and KNOW that God is still God and the presidential election will not change that.

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