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Crazy Times and an Eternal Perspective

One week ago, the electorate chose Donald J. Trump to be President of the United States of America.

It was a crazy campaign season and honestly quite discouraging for me. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were the best we could come up with. Do these two people really represent what America has become?

For the record, I did not vote for either candidate. And now, I’m just glad all the campaign nonsense is over. It was the most brutal, rancorous, vitriolic election cycle I have ever experienced.

This is not a political blog, of course, so the goal of this post is not to rehash all the rhetoric we’ve heard over the last several months or even argue whether or not our President Elect was the best choice for the highest office in the land, but rather to take a step back and try to get a glimpse of an Eternal Perspective.

I do not know what kind of president Mr. Trump will be. We can try to guess, but only time and experience will give the answer to that question. But there are a few things about the future we can know.

We can know God is Good.
You are good and do good… Psalm 119:68

We can know God is righteous and just.
The Rock, His work is perfect, for all His ways are justice. Deut. 32:4

We can know God is subject to none.
“…for I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish my purpose,…'”  Isaiah 46:9, 10

We can know He is the One who works all things according to the counsel of His will. Ephesians 1:11

We can know God is Sovereign over all of human history.
…His kingdom rules over all. Psalm 103:19

We can know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

We can know that our [true] citizenship is in Heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself. Philippians 3:20

We can know peace through Christ, and we can move forward.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid…Rise, let us go from here.”
John 14:27, 31

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

You Are Not Alone

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction… 2 Corinthians 1:3-4a

The afflictions we experience and the suffering we endure do not fall outside of the sufficiency of the comforting arms of our Heavenly Father. There is nothing we face that can long threaten or remove the peace that is ours for the sake of His Beloved Son. Truly He is the God of all comfort. Comfort that is eternal in scope and scale.

The truth of the cross calls. You are not alone. 

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows… Isaiah 53:4a

Jesus bore our griefs and carried our sorrows on the cross. He is intimately acquainted with the things that burden us. Have you been forsaken? Falsely accused? Mocked and abused? Betrayed? Are you suffering physically? Emotionally? Do the pressures of your present trials conspire to overwhelm you?

The truth of the cross calls. You are not alone.

But the Helper (Comforter), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.  John 14:26

The Holy Spirit comforts us in times of uncertainty with the very words of Christ: “Believe in God; believe also in me…I go to prepare a place for you…I will come again and take you to myself…I am the way, and the truth, and the life…Whoever has seen me has seen the Father…Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you…Let not your hearts be troubled…” (John 14)

The truth of the cross calls. You are not alone. 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses… Hebrews 12:1a

God has shown himself faithful to the saints who have gone before us. People like us of flesh and blood who have seen the hand of God and His power to save. In the midst of war, injustice, false imprisonment and death, their witness gives voice to the faithfulness of God.

The truth of the Cross calls. You are not alone.

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

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