The Limit | Praying for the Elections {Five Minute Friday}

In talking with some mom-friends today, we of course circled round to politics and the current state of our nation, and to praying for the elections.  As I sat and listened to the varying thoughts of a beautiful and diverse group of ladies, I was moved by how little control we have over the “big picture.”  We have the voting right, of course, and we have the ability (and the responsibility!) to wield influence both as individuals and united in groups, in a positive way in our nation.  But ultimately, time passes on and if we study history, we realize that the choices of those who came before us, and the choices we ourselves have made leading up today, have far-reaching consequences that we often simply can’t control.

 

The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;
he turns it wherever he will.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the heart.
To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. (Proverbs 21:1-3, ESV)

 

I’ll be honest, sometimes as a mom especially, I can go into panic-mode when I think about the almost unavoidable consequences that loom before us as a nation; ones that may cause harm to my children.

The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord.

 

No matter what may be “chosen” as the path our leaders take, there is a limit to the effect they can have.  In fact, my Papa’s love letter tells me time and again that He has His glory and the best interest of His people in mind.  He will work out His purposes, and He does not fail.  Ever.

 

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There is, apparently a limit to what can happen here in the Shadowlands, and I don’t need to strive, or worry, or panic.  I am called to do justice, to love mercy, to walk humbly with God.  But I needn’t be in fear that anything can happen to me that is allowed, because in this world, there are limits, and the One holds them can ultimately be trusted.

 

{On Fridays I try to keep up with a wonderful group of writers who challenge themselves to free-write for five minutes on a shared topic.  Click to Kate’s page Five Minute Friday to see what others are saying!}

 

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  1. Reply
    Beth Hendrickson
    February 13, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    “There are limits, and the One holds them can ultimately be trusted.” This was such a comforting, honest reminder of how limits can be so good for us when He is the one in control of them! Thanks for these thoughts!

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    Lynette
    February 13, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you so much for the encouragement. It is very scary to think about our nation’s future, but we must all strive to remember that God is in control!!!! Be blessed.

    Lynette
    ~#76 at FMF this week

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    Leah Adams
    February 13, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    You pose thoughts that, I suspect, have crossed the minds of most of us. My only comfort in this crazy time in which we live is knowing that nothing happens without God’s permission, AND that God is continually working all things out to bring the Kingdom calendars pages to the final one. My prayer is that I can stay focused on Jesus, and allow Him to guide me. Stopping by from FMF.
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    Roy Shaffer
    February 14, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Well, I’m praying that the elections will turn out great.
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    Sharon O
    February 16, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Oh I know the fears of this up coming election. It is definitely going to be an interesting one. I have threatened that if a few of them get in the office I am moving. We do need to pray for sure.
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