What If…?

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So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)
It was the most contentious election in the history of the United States of America.  The issues divided the nation.  The news mocked and derided the candidates.  Lines were drawn.  If the election went one way there was sure to be more violence.  Of course, I’m talking about the election of 1864, when Abraham Lincoln faced off against George McClellan and was re-elected as president of our country.

This year’s election was no picnic.  As I write, the results are still not known.  I hear a lot of people asking “What if…?”

What if the “Green New Deal” isn’t engaged…and what if it is?  What if policies cause me to lose my job?  What if the stock market goes down?  What if my taxes go up?  What if there is violence in the streets?  What if the elected president cannot fulfill his term?  What if there are more COVID mandates?  What if this election ends up in the hands of the Supreme Court?  What if…?

“What if” can truly eat us up.  The unknown is frightening.  We like certainty.

  • What if God didn’t love me?  But He does!
  • What if God never sent His Son to save us?  But He did!
  • What if Jesus came into this world, but didn’t take my sin to the cross?  But He did!
  • What if there was nothing else, but this mortal, uncertain life?  But there is!
  • What if I didn’t have faith in Jesus?  But you do!

Because you have faith in Jesus you can weather any challenge that comes your way.  It doesn’t mean that God will make sure your plans are always carried out.  It does mean that He will use all things to bring you closer to Him in faith and closer to others in love.  You can be certain of that!
Prayer: King of kings, we pray for those who won their election, asking that they would be given hearts that are inclined to Your will and Your Word.  Give them courage for their duties and strength to carry them out.  Give to our nation peace and unity, that we may live out our freedoms with respect for those who serve us in office and care for our fellow citizens.  We ask this in the name of the One who certainly loves us and prepares a perfect place for us in heaven.  Amen.

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