Mind blown here, yep last night as I laid trying to fall asleep, I got a nudge to pick up my Bible and read Psalm 94. I had been thinking most of the day about the upcoming election and how many people are being deceived by evil. I told GOD in my soft little voice to show me something I could use that would rattle some friends, maybe even family with the TRUTH. That was over a month ago, GOD works in HIS very own time, at HIS very own speed. I wanted and fast, and yet HE shows me patience, not to fear because HE got this.
With HIS prompting last night, at somewhere after midnight, I picked up my Bible and read that Psalm. And there in black and white were HIS words, telling me exactly how I feel about this coming election.
New International Version (NIV)
1 The Lord is a God who avenges.
O God who avenges, shine forth.
2 Rise up, Judge of the earth;
pay back to the proud what they deserve.
3 How long, Lord, will the wicked,
how long will the wicked be jubilant?
4 They pour out arrogant words;
all the evildoers are full of boasting.
5 They crush your people, Lord;
they oppress your inheritance.
6 They slay the widow and the foreigner;
they murder the fatherless.
7 They say, “The Lord does not see;
the God of Jacob takes no notice.”
8 Take notice, you senseless ones among the people;
you fools, when will you become wise?
9 Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?
Does he who formed the eye not see?
10 Does he who disciplines nations not punish?
Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge?
11 The Lord knows all human plans;
he knows that they are futile.
12 Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord,
the one you teach from your law;
13 you grant them relief from days of trouble,
till a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not reject his people;
he will never forsake his inheritance.
15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness,
and all the upright in heart will follow it.
16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked?
Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?
17 Unless the Lord had given me help,
I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
20 Can a corrupt throne be allied with you—
a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?
21 The wicked band together against the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the Lord has become my fortress,
and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.
23 He will repay them for their sins
and destroy them for their wickedness;
the Lord our God will destroy them.
By the end of verse 21 I was crying for our country, what we have loss, what we are still losing. I was hung up on verse 21 and kept repeating it over and over….could not get past the line condemn the innocent to death. Isn’t that what abortion is? Condemning the innocent to death, a choice they the innocent have no say in. How can the killing of so many babies not affect a countries’ well being? How can losing what these children could have been be okay in the mind of any person? They could have been so much to our country or world, yet someone took it away from them. They had no choice to live, how is that fair? So now we are facing a choice between one who thinks late term abortions are okay and one who doesn’t. I know where I am standing with my vote, as it says in line 16 WHO will rise up for me against the wicked? WHO will take a stand for me against evildoers? I am marking the line in the sand as Jesus once did – I am standing on the side of GOOD and will take up a voice AGAINST the wicked and evildoers. Who will come and stand with me? If no one is brave enough to stand with me, then take courage in HIS words.
“A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Through the years there have been those that stand alone and face things not by their choosing but because they took courage and stood against evil, even though Evil can be bigger at times, they stood in the gap for the voiceless, they bravely took on corruption, extreme radicals, they forged ahead when no one else wanted to, they also many times gave up their very lives to do what was right and just.
Just to name a few the lone man (unknown) that stood in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square, Rosa Parks as she refused to move to the back of the bus, Mahatma Gandhi for spinning his own thread to make cloth to boycott British cloth and more, Nelson Mandela for staying in prison for 27 years because of the apartheid regime and then speaking of forgiveness instead of backlash, Malala Yousafzai a 14 year old who stood up for her right to have an education and was shot, Mother Teresa gave up everything to care for others, Galileo Galilei challenge the orthodoxy of the church through his own scientific discoveries, Helen Keller overcame two disabilities to improve society, Dalai Lama led non-violent resistance to Chinese rule in Tibet, Joan of Arc led the French army, William Tynsdale translated the Bible into English which was forbidden at the time, of course there are many more that had a life that made an impact on humanity. But the one that created the most impact and is still making an impact today Jesus Christ, His message was simple
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
I love my God with all my heart, I try to love my neighbor as myself but sometimes my sin, my own personal gain, my idea of what they need, but the biggest issue I sometimes don’t love myself, I have self doubt if I am really worthy. So would I be like one of the people above, could I stand toe to toe and stand up for the cause I believe in, I am beginning to have less self doubt, more faith in what I can do, maybe its because I have turned 50, maybe its because I can look back on my life and actually see where God has touched my life, and I also think that as we age we understand what we really are put here for, now how in the world did young Joan of Arc or Mother Teresa know what they needed to do at their young age? How did Malala know she was going to make a difference even after she was shot. They had the faith of a warrior at a young age, and for some of us it takes longer to reach that deep faith. I have found mine recently and now could care less what others think of my writing, for I am not writing for you, or for myself, I am writing for my LOVE OF MY GOD. I have been pushed by God to write and write I shall, I have been pushed by God to point at truth and that is what I will do. So yes, this election is important, but its not as important as standing up for truth, standing up against evil, and loving one another, but most of all turning our love back to God.
SIH – Julie
AKA Gingham Chick