Friday, November 18, 2016

lift up your eyes

There is a great deal of uncertainty out there in our nation and our world today. We have a new president, new leaders, a new and different direction for our country. How will the economy and the culture be affected? How long will the protests last? How will other nations like China and Russia react to all this? What will happen on Wall Street? Not to mention on Main Street.

Though temporal things will continue to change with the political seasons, no candidate or party has the power to ultimately direct our lives. No president has ever eliminated anxiety. No world leader has ever erased fear. And no earthly power has ever had an answer for death. That role is reserved for the One who stands above all powers and principalities, above all councils and countries.

The writer to the Hebrews tells us that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." - Heb. 13. And James reminds us that, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights who does not change like shifting shadows."  - James 1:17

When anxiety and fear creep into our lives, our Leader and our Lord shows Himself to be the source of true comfort and peace and hope. In times such as these we lift our eyes to His cross and to the empty tomb. Jesus is our Risen and Living Lord and Savior, and in Him we receive all the things that we so deeply desire. In Him is the fulfillment of all God's promises to us. In Him we are delivered from the sin and brokenness of this world, and we are given a new life and a living hope for a future forever with Him. So lift up your eyes today, and put your faith and trust in Him.

"I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth."   - Psalm 121


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