Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
|Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Yesterday morning we woke up knowing that a new President would be inaugurated in January, we just didn’t know who that would be.
Today, I woke up (while some of you stayed up) to learn that Donald Trump was elected and will be the next President of the United States of America.
This news brings a number of different reactions that reveal the division within our country. Some of you who are reading this are elated over the election results, now expecting Mr. Trump to deliver on his campaign promises. Others of you are dejected at the thought. Many are in the middle, wondering what this now means for our country, as all of us are uncertain of the future with all sorts of questions that will find their answers only in time. I believe that God can bring his healing to the division within our country, and within our congregation, where this division is also present.
Tomorrow, the God of yesterday and today will remain on His throne. We know that in Christ, there is unity. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28) To this, we might add there is neither Republican nor Democrat. We are all one in the Lord who has claimed us, and we are to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:3-6).
This election result wasn’t a surprise to God. God knew yesterday, and many yesterdays before that Mr. Donald Trump would become our President-elect today. He knows what will happen tomorrow. In every time of change, God remains faithfully with us and true to us as the foundation for our lives that will not crumble. His loving promises of forgiveness and eternal life will stand forever. Christ, our King, our Lord, and Savior will continue to lead us as He has. Today, God’s Word (1 Timothy 2:1-4) invites us to pray for our leaders, knowing that the pressures and responsibilities of their offices are tremendous. We thank God for the service of our current President as President Obama closes out his term and turns his duties over to President-elect Trump. We thank God for this democratic process where people do have a voice in the election process. We thank God for our country, the freedom we enjoy, and for our neighbors, even if we share different political views.
Tonight, as we gather for our Wednesday Discipleship Night, the Bible Study that starts at 6:15 will begin with a special time of prayer for our nation, for our leaders, and for their families. You are welcome to come and pray with us, and we’ll follow that prayer with Bible Study on Luke 16.
Yesterday, Christ was Lord. Today He is with us. Tomorrow, He’ll still guide us. In these uncertain times, take comfort in Him, and look for the opportunity to encourage a brother or sister who may need a word of encouragement. Our hope is in the Lord, it always has been, and always will be.
Joyfully yours in our Savior, Jesus,