News reports are swirling around us as our Election Day nears. Sadly the reports aren’t necessarily factual. Mudslinging seems to be the preferred topic for some rather than offering solutions to national concerns…ditto for the mud we sling at ourselves rather than pursuing peace about our inner concerns.
Remember…the SOLUTION is NOT in the problem:
“Think on what is good and true and noble. And as you practice this, the God of peace will be with you.” Paraphrase of Philipians.:4-8-9
This Scripture may sound simplistic…so simplistic that we can easily pass on applying it to our lives. “Fighting the good fight” of wrestling with the problems at hand…especially the problems within…seems so noble; so valiant. But rather than freeing us from our inner slavery, the wrestling enslaves us the more. What we rehearse becomes a curse not easily broken.
I offer my life as a negative example. My father’s ongoing disapproval of women was the birthplace of my fear-based view of life. I readily picked up his verbal whip to keep myself in line. Knowing I couldn’t look to him for affirmation and protection, fear extended its borders within me. And self-protection became my defense. I had yet to know the Lord as my Defender (Ex. 15:2; Ps. 118:14; Is. 12:2).
My journey into trusting the Father was a looong one, simply because I didn’t have anyone to show me the way, even though I’d been in church since early childhood. There’s much more to learning not to fear than being told, “Do not fear”. Thankfully, the Lord brought Dr. Lester Lee into my life thirty some years ago to put me on the path of learning how to exercise my faith.
Hoping will not make it so. Hoping without faith is groping; like grasping at straws.
“Faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for…the EVIDENCE of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
I had to strengthen my faith by intentionally choosing to trust Him (beginning with small matters). First the choice and then my voice echoing my choice…and then practicing believing. My hope was that my choice would bring immediate relief from fear and immediate increase in faith. To repeat, hoping did not make it so. Neither did my fears flee at the sound of my choice. Therein was my battle for faith; tuning out the clamoring of my fears with dedicated trust and pushing through those fears for the gain of deeper faith.
Only the Word held the remedy to going beyond where I was spiritually:
“When you are afraid, put your trust in Me; choose to trust Me” Paraphrase Psalm 56:3-4
“Come into My rest by mixing what you know of Me with faith; with your choice to believe in Me” Hebrews 4:2
“Practice what you’ve learned and the God of peace will be with you” Philippians 4:9 Amplified
His same counsel applies to our national concerns. If we’re fearful; we need to choose to trust Him rather than yield to our fears. We enter His rest by choice; adding faith to what we know about Him. And we give voice to our choice to trust Him through standing for godly values and by voting according to those values. Then “having done all we know to do, STAND” …and trust that the outcome will be good…even if the outcome doesn’t look like our kind of good. Take note of 1 Peter 3:9 Amplified;
“If you would have good days – good whether apparent or not – speak no evil”
Sobering thought that our fears are evil; sinful. (“Anything done apart from faith is sin” Romans 12:23)
May we mix what we know of our Lord with words of faith.
rather than mixing words of fear with what we know of the world