Election Day 2020. It’s a day that, regardless of how things turn out, will go down in the history books as hopefully a famous day (and not an infamous one).
Writing an article for publication on this day feels like an important responsibility. We’ve all been through a lot this year. We’ve had our lives turned upside down in so many ways. Many of us have, at times, been saddened, worried, and maybe a little fearful. And it hasn’t just been the virus and its effects that have caused these feelings. The events that have gone on around us, in some ways, have been unimaginable.
If someone would have told you last November all the things that have happened so far in 2020, from the virus, to the shutdown, to the civil unrest, the fires out west, and the 26 named storms in the Atlantic basin (and we still have a month of hurricane season left), would you have believed it? I don’t know if I would have. Plausible? OK, maybe. But really, all that in less than a year? Now, let’s throw in an election where it seems like everyone in the country is either on one side or the other, and there is no middle ground (though I’m sure there is a middle group that may be larger than anyone really knows).
All of this may feel like it’s just too much to bear. Today I’m here to tell you, fear not.
I honestly was thinking about a completely different scripture for this article. But as I started writing, the Spirit spoke to me and brought a recently read chapter back to the forefront of my mind. As I was reading on September 8, I came to Psalm 27. The chapter starts, “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?”
Be not afraid this day, brothers, sisters, and friends! The Lord has this. He’s going to take care of all those who love and serve Him regardless of what happens today or in the future. We must trust in the Lord, and as this psalm says, be confident in Him, dwell in His house, seek Him always, and wait upon Him.
Take comfort in verse 5, “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.” The Lord will protect His people from whatever we have to go through. In this verse, David writes that the tabernacle is a place of refuge. Today, that’s The Church of Jesus Christ! Take courage today, and don’t be afraid of anything that’s going on around outside, and seek comfort in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Get to the church, our refuge and our hiding place from all the strife outside, and enjoy the blessings and the peace of God. We can truly say that God will set us up on the rock, His Son, while we are there.
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