Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Day After

I looked outside my window and I saw something that surprised me. The sun was peeking over the horizon. It might actually rise today. I opened by Bible and found that the words haven't changed and that Jesus is still Lord. So with that comfort I can sit back and enjoy my coffee.

I don't want to mock those whom are justifiably upset about the election results last night nor do I want to minimize their legitimate concerns. There are those whose jobs are at risk because of last night's outcome. There are lifestyles that will be threatened. I am sympathetic, but at the same time I think that would have been true regardless- just for a different set of people.

In this month's Coffee Break from the ministry of Living on the Edge, Chip Ingram asks us to imagine sitting around a table with some of the Bible's greatest heroes and to picture laying our concerns out on that table. What would they say? What advice would they give? Regardless of who won last night, half of us were destined to be upset about the results, so this exercise applies to all of us.
  • Abraham would say: "Trust God" Focus on God's promises, not the world's problems (Romans 4:20-21)
  • Joseph would say: "Forgive the Opposition" God's Will will prevail. (Genesis 50:20)
  • Moses would say: "Confront the Culture" The truth sets people free. (John 8:32)
  • Esther would say: "Risk Rejection" You are where you are for just a time as this. (Esther 4:14)
  • David would say: "Fight the Giants" God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. (1 Samuel 17)
  • Daniel would say: "Pray Fervently" God can move rulers and authorities through prayer. (Proverbs 21:1)
  • Paul would say: "Preach the Word" The Gospel is the only thing that can change people, cultures, and countries. (Romans 1:16)
And last but not least,
  • Jesus would say: "Go Make Disciples" Our work here is not done. (Matthew 28:18-20)

What do you think these heroes of the faith would say to you right now?

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