Devotions

Whatever Is Good…

This week our country elected our next president. In my lifetime, I have never seen a more electric election! There were so many strong feelings and opinions going into this election, and even more after the results came in.

As Christians, and even more as Adventists, we know this world is not going to last forever. We are in the last days before Christ returns. The state of our nation and our world should not surprise us, we’ve been told this was coming. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect us.

It hurts to see friends and family spewing such hatred towards each other, towards strangers! It’s scary to see and hear about the violence and destruction in our world. It’s a struggle to know how to explain everything to my kids. I wonder how long I can protect my kids from the evil of this world.

No matter what side of this election you are on, I think we can all agree on one thing:

Jesus Christ is Lord and King!

As I was thinking about what I wanted to write about, a Bible passage started to swirl through my mind. I think this is one that we all need to write on our hearts, especially in the uncertain days to come. We don’t need to be anxious! I hope that brings you as much comfort as it has brought me.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-9 ESV

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3 Comments

  • Reply Alana November 11, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Thank you for this one. It does have a calming effect and a reminder that God is in control of everything.

  • Reply Korina Moran November 11, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Yes, Ashley! Yes! This is the Bible verse that needs to be written on our hearts! Thank you.

  • Reply FarmerGirl55 November 11, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Wow. I love the line, “Ler you reasonableness be known to everyone.” What if, as Christians and Seventh-day Adventists, we are known for being reasonable? How that could change so many things. That is powerful.

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