Preparing for After the Election… “O Lord What Will We Do NOW?!?”
Devotional Thought of the Day:
15 When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. 16 “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” 17 Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!” The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
2 Kings 6:15-17 (NLT)
482 What does it matter if the whole world with all its power is against you? Forward! Repeat the words of the psalm: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? … Si consistant adversum me castra, non timebit cor meum—“If armies in camp should stand together against me, my heart shall not fear.”
If I were to believe everything said about each of the candidates, I would think that no matter who is the next President of the United States, we would be better off with a global flood, or perhaps that the full tribulation had come into effect.
The words of Elisha’s servant would certainly be mine, as fear and anxiety overtook me. “Lord, what are we going to do now?” How will we survive this? Every worst case scenario will flash before our eyes, as we expect America to sink in a moral crisis unheard of since.. well at least the 1960’s – and maybe all the way back to the 1890’s! (Or ancient Rome)
Some fear one winning, others fear the opponent dominating. Some and anxious because they don’t want either to win! No matter who, there will be people displeased and distraught, worried about the world changing, even fearing it ending.
What we need is the same thing the servant needed, to have our eyes opened to the reality that this world is still part of God’s kingdom. That the richness of His promise of eternity and His presence with us in this life is more than our fears.
Christ is with us.
Think about that….
No, I mean really think about it, let your heart and mind dwell in the presence of Christ here, in your presence right now. Remember the moment you communed that you shared His Body and Blood and experienced for a moment, the wonder and awe that comes when He is revealed.
This experience, this knowledge, this awareness that God is for us, is what has sustained people of God for millennia. That has enabled them to know peace in dictatorships and revolutions, in times of global war, and famine. They have known that peace even as their brothers and sisters are martyred, even as they are martyred.
It is the one constant hope we have, in a broken, hurting, rebellious world. Knowing this, we are confident not only that the world’s sin cannot separate us from God, but we are reminded that our own cannot either. Including the anxiety and doubt, we have that God is still in charge, working everything our for good for those who love Him.
And it is more than enough to sustain us at this time.
Lord, have mercy on us and help us to see you, incarnate, present, benevolent and in control. AMEN!
Escriva, Josemaria. The Way (Kindle Locations 1179-1181). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.