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Bible Ballistics: BBs #271  Take Heart—Remember WHO IS In Charge!!!

With all the craziness going on around us, it’s easy to be discouraged, if not totally disheartened for our country, our families and our future, but as our title implies—take heart my friends. Regardless of where you live, what you do or where you’re headed, we can take heart if we’ll but remember “WHO IS” in charge; and it’s not the weatherman, the government, nor the economy! Our hope and our focus needs to elsewhere!

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord,

as the rivers of water:

he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes:

but the Lord pondereth the hearts.

To do justice and judgment is more acceptable

to the Lord than sacrifice.” Proverbs 21:1-3

GOD IS IN CHARGE! He is in charge of all things, He is the creator God of the entire universe, and He hasn’t gone to sleep during this time of world chaos, or the political scene wherever you may live. God hasn’t gone to sleep or given up on anything or anyone who is willing to hear and believe in the salvation that He has provided for:

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:12-14

So if “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”, what does that mean you? Of course it is true, but it must be understood that this isn’t just “using” The Lord’s name for your own purposes; it doesn’t mean calling on the name of God and/or His Son Jesus Christ, as some magic “get out of jail free” card, or some “formula” for good fortune; but rather the call of one who has seen their lost and sinful condition before The Holy God of the universe. It is the call of one who hears the voice of the Holy Spirit revealing their own sinful lostness to themselves, and turn to the Lord for the only salvation that will provide “eternal life” (See John 3:16-21), and deliverance from the “wages of sin”, which to the surprise of many, “is death”!

But, praise God Almighty, that isn’t the end of the story. God has provided His Only Begotten Son to deliver us from those “wages”, and Jesus paid our debt on Calvary, so we can rejoice that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (See Romans 6:23) The answer to all your questions and uncertainties IS JESUS. We can trust Him with life, death and everything in between—living in this world of corruption, craziness and chaos. And because Jesus gives us hope and power to overcome the world, we don’t have to be discouraged or downhearted when we hear and see difficult things going on around us.

We can take heart and press on in the power of the Lord, knowing that the Psalmist had it right! And I’d like to take a little liberty to share with you a personal “paraphrase” of Psalm 121. Please take some time today to read this precious and encouraging Psalm in its original form.

I will lift up mine eyes

unto the halls of government?

I don’t think so!

So from whence cometh my help?.

My help cometh from the Lord,

which made heaven and earth.

and all that is it!

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:

he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold,

he that keepeth Israel (forever)

shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is thy one dependable keeper:

the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand,

when all around you is ablaze.

The sun shall not smite thee by day,

nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil:

in the government,

in worldy affairs,

in chaotic weather and worldy events,

he shall preserve thy soul through it all.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out

and thy coming in

from this time forth,

and even for evermore.”    Psalm 121 paraphrased

So, where is your confidence? We are called to follow Jesus and be wise stewards of all that He has entrusted to us; and for us here in America, that includes good stewardship of our civic responsibility. Please don’t be so distracted and disheartened that you don’t participate in the coming election. My encouragement to you is to remember WHO IS in charge; pray, pray, pray; and vote as God gives you insight and understanding. Only HE can! If you belong to Jesus take heart—we win!!! The battle may be long and hard, and the struggles wearying, but keep Jesus in view!

Looking unto Jesus

the author and finisher of our faith;

who for the joy that was set before him

endured the cross,

despising the shame,

and is set down at the right hand

of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Look up dear friend—Look up!!!