Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

In Matthew 10:28 we are reminded that it is God and God alone who holds the key to heaven and hell. It is God alone who makes that determination, and His Word declares the basis upon which that decision has been made – the work of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross. In the verses that follow Matthew 10:28 we get a view of how we are to respond to him in light of this truth. Salvation is not a thing to be taken lightly, and Scripture declares that of those who have received salvation much is expected.

There are many who give lip service to God, but who twist and distort truth to suit their own agenda or preference. The very words of Christ declare that the disciple is not above his master or the student above his teacher. We have no right to mishandle what God has given us. The results are dramatic when you live in proper submission to our most awesome God.

What does fearing God look like, and just how can we learn to fear Him in an appropriate way? Take time to consider your own life and what changes need to be made. Ask yourself, just how significant is the fear of God?

Today is Election Day in the United States, and there are a wide variety of motivations that people have in choosing who and what to vote for or even against. Some of these motivations can be a fear of what might happen if one person is elected or a bill is passed. But when it comes to the end of the day and all of the votes are counted we all have to live with the outcomes. And regardless of those outcomes, we need to always keep in mind that our real hope comes from the Lord, and it is only He who has us firmly wrapped in His hands and who is both our provider and protector.

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