[CF Devotionals] 2012-11-08 - Occupy

Luke 19:12-13 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. (NASB)

The election is over, many on both sides would say - finally. For the last year and a half the blitz of media and analysis invaded life through many avenues. There are many savoring victory tonight, and many others contemplating defeat at national, state and local levels. But the job of the Christian has not changed regardless of our individual political fortunes. We are to remain salt and light and support biblical values and positions. That is  what appears to be the easy part. It is the part that engages the mind and heartfelt pieces of our lives. The trick is doing it with good will even when we are deeply passionate about something, not allowing our candor to become personal. Once a disagreement becomes a personal argument doors of discussion begin to slam shut.

One critical piece of being salt and light is often overlooked. I have talked about it before, but I feel that this is a critical time to raise it again. Pray for those in places of responsibility. Not just the President, but all through the political and public spectrum. This is something that should be seen as engaging and a passion to protect and strengthen the nation.

Daniel 2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. God is still on His throne, and as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (KJV)

God puts kings and princes on their thrones and removes them. They are accountable to Him for their words and actions in that place of responsibility. In many forms of government the people can bring their complaints to the government. But how often do we not pray that these people will be led by the Lord in their decisions? It is not "just prayer". This is the same God who knocked Saul off his horse and changed his heart. The leaders of the church who prayed and opened the doors to the gentiles were led by God through prayer in a major change which eventually sent the gospel of Christ to each of us.

This responsibility to pray is no small thing. Pray for our leadership.

Grace & Peace,

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