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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

A Tree Firmly Planted

He is like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither… (Psalm 1:3)

How can I be like this tree? The rest of the Psalm helps me to understand.

I must not base my life decisions on the counsel of wicked people. Worldly counsel is everywhere I turn. I must turn to the One who is the source of true Godly wisdom.

I must follow the path of obedience. I have no business standing rank and file with those who love sin.

I must not find my fellowship with people who scoff at the things of God. There is no wisdom in that.

But rather, my delight is in God’s law. My thoughts consistently and constantly turning to the Holy Scriptures. What a Grace is God’s Word! That he would lovingly preserve and present His very thoughts to us! That He would use the propositional, subjective truth of His Word to point out the way of salvation! Oh, that a love of the Bible would characterize who I am! Without God’s Word, I am lost.

When the truth of the Gospel is central in my heart and mind, then my desire is to walk in obedience to God’s law. Only then am I the “Blessed…one” referred to by the Psalmist. When Jesus is first in my heart, sin loses its attractiveness. It is then that I have no desire to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the path of sinners, and sit in the seat of the scornful. But rather, because of the Gospel, I want to love God and love people because God has loved me. I want to show mercy to others because God, through His Son, has showered His mercy on me. I want to forgive others because God has forgiven me.

A tree firmly planted must have a substantial root system. It requires water to grow and flourish. It produces fruit in its season and does not wither and die.

The Gospel is my only hope if I am to be like that tree. Roots deeply grounded in the truths of Scripture, drawing sustenance from the well of Living Water which is Jesus Christ, producing fruit in every season of life and all to the Glory of God, forever!

Lord, may I be like a tree firmly planted.

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

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