Friday, November 23, 2012

My Rock Cannot Be Shaken

I have been quiet lately, on Facebook and here.  Mostly I have been busy with my new baby, keeping my house, getting back on top of schooling.
Some of my silence is due to my pondering.
The election was just a few weeks ago.  Before the votes were counted up, anxiety was high among many.  Who would win?  Who would lose?  What did the future hold for us? Our families?  Our country?
I was not anxious.
My husband and I had thoroughly discussed our options, and the possible outcomes.
We had chosen the path we felt was right according to our understanding of the word, in light of world events and historical context.  We attacked the different angles, and when opposing viewpoints came to our attention, we accessed again and again if our perspective held its own.
As always, I believe the truth can stand up under any and all scrutiny.  The Lord does not turn away from a sincere seeker of truth.
So when election day came, we knew that we would not be voting.
When the news reported that Obama won a second term as president, we were not shaken.
But my friends and family... were.
Posts and conversations since have included their tears, fear, finger pointing, anger, and even threats and curses.
I was left wondering, why are they so shaken?
And why wasn't I?
Psalm 56:11 says, "In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
Isaiah 36:6 says, "Look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him."
Psalm 146:3 says"Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help."
My perspective of the world....played out.  The rigged system did exactly what was expected of it.  And for the first time, I didn't play along.
And I wasn't alone either.
50ish million voted for Romney.
60ish million voted for Obama.
200+ million.... Did not.
I built my perspective on the word, and on history... And the ground beneath my feet was not shaken, my foundations not shattered.
If yours was.... Maybe you need to reconsider where you are building your hope and future.
Psalm 118:8-9 says, "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes."
Because the political structures of this world are not solid ground, but crumbling and rotten, the playground of the enemy.
Luke 6:47-49 says, "Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great."
Joshua 24:15 says, "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”


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