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When the Dust Settles

Ephesians 1:3-4 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ, God has given us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world. 4 That is, in Christ, he chose us before the world was made so that we would be his holy people—people without blame before him.”

We all like games and contests, even competitions. Unfortunately, when played there is always a winner and a loser. No one likes to be on the losing end but that’s how things go. There are two types of winners and losers though. Those who win by playing by the rules and those who win by cheating. There are those who lose with grace and those who cry and complain the entire time. No matter the game, contest, or competition there will be a winner and a loser.

Right now, our country just went through a big change in government and there was a group that prevailed and a group that did not. There has been a big debate on how it was handled and there has been a divide in the country because of it. We are not here to join the debate, because we are all entitled to our own opinions and privacy. What I have noticed though, is that during this time how many, Christians have been handling this.

Over the last few months, I’ve heard people say, even if it’s not the way they’ve wanted things to go, they know it’s in the Lord’s hands, who will take over the government and that they trust Him. Yet once the dust settled and the result was not as they wanted, they are still finding things to complain and grumble about.

At this point I have found, no matter the way I feel about how things have unfolded, I have to truly believe my words when I say, no matter what happens, it’s in the Lord’s hands and His will.

The dust is beginning to settle and for many there are some changes we probably never thought would happen in our lifetime. Everything we have grown up with and know is becoming uncertain and unpredictable. For many this is an unsettling feeling, myself included. Primarily because the not knowing is scary. Yet as Christians I feel this is the time to get excited. We’ve been praying all along that the Lord’s will be done and His will has always been salvation, coming to take His family home out of this sin filled world. Even in times of uncertainty we should be rejoicing instead of complaining. The Lord is fulfilling His promises from the Bible!

I heard someone once say, “There is nothing we can do to change this story, God already had the ending written.”

God has already written our stories, He knows how each of our lives are going to unfold, good and bad. He has already promised to be by our side though is all and He has promised to fight our battles for us and protect us from the evils of this world. For me, no matter where the dust settles on either side of the governmental issues, I will always choose Jesus. Happy or not about the final decision, I will always choose Jesus. Even when I’m unsettled about what’s to come, I will always choose Jesus. Choosing Jesus is always claiming I will trust His will to be done, I will trust His leading over my home and my life, and I will try my hardest to have faith and trust how this will end.

It won’t always be easy, and I still have my complaining and grumbling moments but as a Christian this is what the Lord has asked from me. When I say the Lord’s will be done, I must allow things to unfold as He has planned and hold onto Him to get us through.

Today, there have been winners and losers in the government. Whether you’re happy or upset about it, don’t allow yourself to fall into the world’s version of who’s side you are on. Choose Jesus, side with Jesus and cling to Jesus. There’s a song that I heard that has spoken to me on exactly how I need to live my life in these uncertain times.

If I can help somebody, as I pass along If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song If I can show somebody, that he's travelling wrong Then my living shall not be in vain If I can do my duty, as a good Christian ought If I can bring back beauty, to a world up wrought If I can spread love's message, as the Master taught Then my living shall not be in vain

Today choose the side of Jesus and let Him finish the story and rejoice in the things to come because it means we are that much closer to going home. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

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