I know I'm not the only one thinking about the election. In fact it seems like I can't stop watching the news. My eyes are glued to Fox News. I have decided that I must turn off the news to allow my brain to work like it should.
When I watch too much news, I end up thinking in a constant stream of "what ifs." What is this and what it that...I lie in bed thinking about what the next few years hold for Christianity, America, and my family.
See, I come from a long line of obsessive compulsives. We tend to get caught up in a certain way of thinking for a period of time and allow that way of thinking to dominate our day to day lives. For example...during the recent financial crisis, I preached an entire series of messages to a church in Oklahoma about security. Did they need to hear that message? I would like to think so. But I probably preached those messages to reassure them and convince myself.
Yesterday, while complaining to my wife about my concerns for the future, she turned to me and said, "are you taking God out of the picture?"
That question struck a chord in my heart. I don't think I was necessarily taking God out of the picture, but was simply overlooking the hand of God in the working of mankind. The conversation made me look hard at my life and once again come to the conclusion that God hold me in the palm of his hand.
In a little less than a week America will elect a new president...you may or may not get the one that you want. But whatever the outcome...you and I have to understand that we are pieces in the puzzle that God is framing. We are people in the middle of the ultimate plan that God has for humanity. That gives me comfort.
It gives me comfort to know that God knows my tomorrows and understand my past. I am comforted by the fact that not a piece of my past, present, or future has gone by without the knowledge, maybe not approval, of God himself.
So, get excited about the future, because as you serve Jesus, everyday is a day to become excited about.