Election Day {11.6.18}

It’s election day here in the United States. election day 11-6-18It is a privilege of Americans to be able to vote for our governing leaders. Our nation was founded on the principles of God and this is a blessing that we may sometimes take for granted. As we cast our votes today (or may have already done so by voting early), I thought I should check out some things God tells us in His Word about government and leaders. Here are a few verses I found. Today is a good day to reflect on them.

“Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly. Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you..” (Deuteronomy 16:18-20)

Our votes should never be taken lightly. vote countsWe should prayerfully and thoughtfully consider our choices. We hear many things on the TV, radio, internet, newspapers, etc. Some may be true, some may be far from the truth. But, if we will devote the time to truly research and prayerfully ask God to give us wisdom, He will guide our decisions.

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” (Romans 13:1-2)

Whether “our choices” get elected or not, we must respect the position/office of the person elected and submit to the laws of our land. I pray that we will all let go of the “ugliness” that exists presently and pray! It’s impossible to hate someone when you are praying for them. Let’s join together as Americans and pray for our nation. God tells us to even pray for those who persecute us. We see a lot of persecution right now – especially toward our President (who we voted for and God put into place).

“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.” (Titus 3:1-2)pray for nation

The most important thing we can do for ourselves, our families, our communities and our country, is to pray! Pray for our leaders, pray for our nation, pray God will guide and direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). Our thoughts, words and actions do have consequences, and prayer does make a difference!

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior,” (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

AGE – It’s only a Number {1.16.18}

Have you ever thought you (or someone else) was too young or too old? Too young to know, understand or do? Too old to dream, make a difference or contribute? I think that maybe we put entirely too much emphasis on age. As I began my annual journey of reading through the Bible this January, I was once again struck by the ages of people whom God used to effect change in the world – for His Glory and His Purpose. It doesn’t seem to matter to God what a person’s age in years is. It doesn’t seem to matter to God what station or situation in life in which a person lives. AGEGod uses all kinds of people in all ages, stations and situations in life. He chooses how to use each of us according to His plan for our lives and His working in our lives. He created us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. So, I ask myself…why would I ever doubt that God could do something for His Kingdom using me? I had a friend tell me once that if God can use a donkey, He can certainly use me. Don’t worry, I wasn’t offended by being categorized with a donkey. I got her message loud and clear and it has encouraged me many times over the years.

While I was thinking about this “age” thing, I started to remember all the different aged people God used to bring about His Will in His Time. Reminding myself that some of these things took many years. We are not very patient as a world today, are we? We are so used to immediate communication, gratification, etc. that we don’t like to wait for anything or anyone. But, some things just take time and we can trust that God knows the right time.

Here are few examples of young people God used for His purposes (in no particular order):

Boy Reading the holy bible·         John 6:8 (God used a little boy with 2 fish and 5 loaves to feed over 5,000 people – a lesson for His disciples and everyone else then and now)

·         1 Timothy 4:11-14 (Timothy, a young messenger of God)

·         2 Kings 22:1-2 (King Josiah – age 8! The scriptures say he was upright before the Lord)

·         David – a young shepherd boy who became King (and yes…that was a long time coming)

·         Samuel – a young boy dedicated to God and hearing from God in a special way

·         Joseph – his story and purpose took years to fulfill

·         Mary, Mother of Jesus – a teenager who bore the Christ Child

·         Esther – another teenager (an orphan who became queen and was used by God to save her people)

And what about old (or should I say elderly) people? Some seemed to begin their ministry at an age where nowadays we might think their usefulness was close to being over – NOT SO WITH GOD! He says in Psalm 92:14 “They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.”Bible - old hands

·         Abraham and Sarah are great examples. Talk about having children late in life – this was really pushing it to the extreme. But remember, with GOD, nothing is impossible! After all, He is the creator. He can certainly recreate something any time He wants!

·         Moses – I love the story of Moses because we can see (with the benefit of scriptures) how his story unfolds from birth to end. He didn’t know the full impact of his life as he submitted to God. It’s in looking back through our lives that we see what God has done – even with us (broken vessels as we are).

·         Noah – This is a wonderful story of trusting in God when not only do you not see, you can’t even comprehend. Remember, it had never rained yet. He didn’t know how God would accomplish what He said, he couldn’t imagine it. He trusted anyway.

·         Joshua – God told him, “You are very old…” but there is still much to do and I want to do it through you.

·         Anna (the prophetess) – She was very old but worshipped God day and night with fasting and praying. God blessed her with seeing the Christ child – Jesus.

So, does age really matter?  Not to God. What matters to Him is whether we are fully committed and submitted to Him.age 2 Nothing is too small (no one is too young) and nothing is too large (no one is too old) to be used by God in a mighty way. The real question is…will we allow Him to guide, direct and use us for His glory and His kingdom? Or, do we just want to keep to ourselves until Jesus returns? It’s a serious question I must ask myself every day and maybe you should too.

I hope as you read scriptures you will notice the young and old God used and remember that He can use you too! If you have a dream that you think is well past or too far out of reach – pray about it. It just might be that God has given you that dream and is waiting for you step out in faith so He can fulfill it through you.

I will end with a couple of scriptures for us to ponder.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.”

Acts 2:17-18 “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”

It’s never too early or too late to be used by God. Let’s remember – nothing is impossible where God is concerned. Have a blessed day and don’t forget to be a blessing to someone else.