This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)
Today, the 45th US president will be sworn into office.
Polls indicate that the incoming president is the least popular in modern history, and many citizens feel that the country is more divided than ever. Over the last couple months, I have even heard voters who oppose the incumbent’s policies say that they are simply going to disengage for the next four years and focus instead on just enduring.
However, I would encourage everyone listening that no matter how you identify politically, it is important to remember that God can always take something that appears unjust and use it for His higher good.
When I turn to the Scriptures, I am reminded of the story of Stephen from the book of Acts. Steven spoke the truth to certain Jewish leaders and ended up being stoned to death for his trouble. Word spread of Stephen’s murder and many Christian believers fled Jerusalem, fearing for their own lives. They were frightened and could see no good in Stephen’s death.
As these believers disseminated around the world though, they also began to spread the gospel. In other words, the gospel was able to reach corners of the globe that it likely would not have if this tragic sequence of events had not occurred.
Through Stephen’s story, we see that God is ultimately in control and his goodness will always prevail, even when the circumstances look grim. The key is to keep our faith even when God’s plan has not yet been revealed.
The words I use to comfort me are, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)
Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.
So today, no matter on what side of the political table you sit, remember that God’s goodness will ultimately prevail.
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