Even Christians can, at times, feel a little down and discouraged. Big events in life, like a national election, can cause moods to swing dramatically, especially if they have been deeply involved in the issues. But regardless of how disappointed one may be, I contend that there is hope after the election!
The worship services at my church are seldom mundane. More times than not the Holy Spirit moves in a dramatic way which causes us to raise our voices in praise and adoration to the Father. Many Sundays, the text and the message that my pastor presents speaks to me right where I’m at. This past Sunday was no exception.
Like many other Christians I have been a little discouraged following the elections on Tuesday. I’m still a Christian, and I know that this is the temporal world and what really matters is that God is still on the throne. Still, I felt a little down.
The text of Scripture my pastor read this morning really addressed my discouragement. He read from Romans chapter 8, the verses which spoke to me were 35-39:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I saw in this passage two big thoughts for me: 1) Believers are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ. We’re not losers, we are the victors, the winners, the conquerors! The election may have not gone the way that we would have liked it to, but in Jesus, we are still conquerors. It’s encouraging to be on the winning side!
2) The second thought that I got from this passage is that regardless of the outcome of the election, regardless of the direction our country goes, regardless of how bad things get in my life or in the world around me, nothing can separate me from the love of God! Nothing, nada, zilch, zero! God’s love for me is guaranteed and there’s nothing that can come between me and God’s love.
And you know what? That applies to you, too!
Our candidate may not have won, but there is really no reason to be down or discouraged, we are still more than conquerors. We may see policies and legislation come to pass in our country that is morally repugnant, but that or anything else can not keep us from God’s love.
What should be more exciting for us? Who is in the White House or having the love of God?
So cheer up! Be encouraged! God loves you and nothing can separate you from that love!