You may be asking yourself, “What will happen to our country now?” The election is over, and you may be concerned about what your future looks like, and worried about what lies ahead. Well, let me encourage you today. You do not have to fear. It is not an option, because the Bible tells us:
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
7For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
That means that as a follower of Christ, fear is not your portion, even amidst the political uncertainty we are facing. I have realized that right now, fear is one of the things that people are struggling with most. One of the greatest keys to a successful Christian life, is not submitting to your feelings, but rather walking by faith. Faith in what God says through His word. You see God’s word is timeless. If He said He will never leave you, nor forsake you, you can rest assure He will keep His word. God is not a man that He should lie. If in the word of God, it says that though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Your rod and staff will comfort me, you can believe that He will be there in times of trouble to comfort you and to give you peace. God’s word will give you strength throughout all the pressure. Now to many, this might be the place they stop and get complacent feeling that this is all the Christian life is about. In my opinion, this should only be the beginning of living a fearless life. It is great to be comfortable believing in God’s word, and not to fear, but this by no means implies that we are called to be passive. God called us to be overcomers in this world. Let’s look at the challenge ahead of us, not as something to fear, but as an opportunity. In the early church, the Christians never had an easy time. They had opposition from every angle, and even through all the adversity, they overcame, and they took ground for the kingdom of God in unthinkable ways. It is incredible to think that they did all of this in the midst of terrible persecution, oppressive government, etc.
We have an opportunity to make a decision. What will we do as Christians? Will we whine and complain? Will we whine and say, “God has left us, and we are finished,” or will we say, “Ok, things are not the way we thought they would be, but we are ready to focus on what really is of important. God, You are in control and we are excited at the opportunity to let your light shine.” As Christians, we are a resilient people, and we are called to take ground for the Kingdom of God, no matter what environment we are in. Let your light shine!