I just love the way when God wants to get my attention, He finds a way to do it so that I can’t miss it. So now, in the month of New Beginnings, Resolutions and Fresh Starts, I hear the Spirit whispering, “Don’t worry.”
Today I had two similar conversations about the state of the world we live in–one with my Mom and one with a dear friend and Senior Saint. After agreeing the world at large truly seems to be going to Hell in the proverbial Hand Basket, we also agreed that our response is to keep our eyes on Jesus.
Being in the health care field, I am asked almost daily what I think about health care reform in general and what is going on in the House and Senate health care bills in particular. I’ll be honest…I catch the news via my local Christian radio station (thank you, KGCR) but I don’t spend a lot of time and energy on “reading all about it.”
I have an opinion on what is wrong with our health care system and I have opinions on things that might improve it, but time is too precious to be taken up with the raucous rhetoric that fills the airwaves on this subject. What I listen to or read either makes me mad (like the recent letter to the editor accusing hospitals and doctors of only being concerned with making money–well, Ma’am, I’ll call you the next time I rouse from my warm bed at 3 am, then slide to the hospital on dangerous roads to help someone who cannot breathe on their own and explain to you then why it is I do what I do) or makes me worry about the future and the Bible commands me to not worry.
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25 NLT
My job is to believe what He says.
“Look at the birds. They do not plant or harvest or store food in barns for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” Matthew 6:26-27
I don’t have time to wring my hands and wonder what may happen and how it will affect me.
I just know that He has promised to care for me and take care of my needs.
My hope is not in health care reform.
My help does not come from politics.
My hope is not the “winds of change blowing through our country” or promises made by men looking for a career in politics.
My hope is in the Lord.
Please believe I am not a fatalist. Neither am I like a former co-worker who was running up huge amounts of debt because “Jesus is coming back and I’ll never have to repay all of it!”
I believe in effecting positive change. I believe in being a good steward. I think we should stay informed about our world so that we can impact this world for good and His glory.
But just as the Jews did not understand the upside down Kingdom Jesus spoke of, I see too many well meaning Christians looking in all the wrong places for the Salvation of our world. The Jews were looking for a political Messiah to rescue them from Roman rule. They were spoiling for a fight where their Messiah comes out on top and they no longer had the yoke of slavery breaking their backs.
Sometimes we as Christ followers want the same thing. We want political clout. We want righteousness to reign but we want to get there via worldly means.
Because we know the Truth, we want everyone else to follow the Truth which is what we are here for. To witness to His power and grace and salvation, his death and resurrection and to make disciples of the nations. But we cannot have it both ways–say we are trusting God but putting our hopes for prosperity at the altar of the politico’s.
Don’t get me wrong–we have a God given responsibility for our world to impact it and make a difference. We live in a free country. We have a responsibility to vote, to speak out in public discourse for what is right, to be involved in the political process if that is where He has called you. But that is not your hope!
My friend asked me today if I thought God intended for our country to be headed this way all along. “We know from the Bible that there will be dark days. One world government. Times of persecution for Christians. Do you think despite all our prayers during the election, this is what God intended all along?”
My answer? “I have no idea, but I know this. We are called to pray, so we prayed. What God does is up to Him.”
That may sound simplistic. Ann Coulter recently wrote that “Christianity is simultaneously the easiest religion in the world and the hardest religion in the world.” http://www.anncoulter.com/
Simple because He did it all and we are called only to believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths. Romans 10:9
Hard because once you believe it, no more doing what the rest of the world is doing. We live to a higher calling and that calling involves obedience and trust no matter the clamor around you.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
So that is where I am on this journey, keeping my eyes on Jesus, trusting that even though I may not be able to see it in the natural, I know He has it all in hand. He has promised good to me and in that I rest and do not worry.
Blessings and peace to you, my friends, in this New Year!
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16