Well our long national nightmare is at last over and before you jump let me clarify that I mean this election cycle. It leaves us with the undeniable fact that as a nation we are terribly divided. The results were rather astonishing. The last check I made had a mind blowing .2% difference between the candidates, with Clinton getting the popular total and Trump the Electoral College and the presidency. The nightmare of an election cycle may be over but the division and in some quarters the hate remains. There are reasons too numerous to list here but the one that stands out in my mind is the lack of God and faith in God in our nation. What do we as Christians do this day and the days to come? We move on…that’s right, it is as simple as that. How does a Christian move on? Here are some suggestions from biblereasons.com. I have added some comments and introductions but the following is from a blog post of Fritz Chery on December 19,2015.
Many times we move on by changing habits, locations, goals and even our beliefs. Why don’t we take the time to see what the Bible says about moving on?
Job 17:9 The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.
Philippians 3:14 I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 4:18 The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.
We will not move on as long as we dwell on real or perceived injustices. We must work at Forgetting the past.
Forgetting the past.
Isaiah 43:18 Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago.
Philippians 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.
We must work at understanding that the Old things are gone. We as a people cannot continue to live a life that condemns others just because they think different than we do. It’s kind of a double edged sword, we must love those that hate us.
Old things are gone.
Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
1 John 1:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
God can turn any bad situation into a good one.
Romans 8:28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
We, the Christian community must learn to Trust in God.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Psalm 33:18 But the LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.
We must seek wisdom and guidance from God.
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel.
Proverbs 24:14 In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.
Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
The Word gives us light to move forward on the right path.
Psalm 1:2-3 Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the Lord’s commands; he meditates on his commands day and night. He is like a tree planted by flowing streams; it yields its fruit at the proper time, and its leaves never fall off. He succeeds in everything he attempts.
Psalm 119:104-105 I obtain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my pathway.
Proverbs 6:23 For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life,
We have to Stop worrying
Matthew 6:27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Exodus 14:14-15 The Lord will fight for you, and you can be still.” The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
As always there should be some Advice offered
1 Corinthians 16:13 Be alert, stand firm in the faith, act like a man, be strong.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.
There are many biblical Examples Mr. Chery shares this one with us.
Deuteronomy 2:13 Moses continued, “Then the LORD said to us, ‘Get moving. Cross the Zered Brook.’ So we crossed the brook.
This election has left many of us standing at a brook or in some cases a raging river. The hurts, disappointments and frustrations remain for many. I would pray that we remember while we live in this world, are grateful for this life and value that which God has created, we are not of this world. The community of believers, the Christian community knows that because of our faith in and acceptance of Christ our world will never be defeated by the problems of this world. Keep the faith and believe this:
2 Timothy 4:6-9 My life is coming to an end, and it is now time for me to be poured out as a sacrifice to God. I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith. The prize that shows I have God’s approval is now waiting for me. The Lord, who is a fair judge, will give me that prize on that day. He will give it not only to me but also to everyone who is eagerly waiting for him to come again.
(I found this article so well written and a perfect answer to the day. I could never have said what is on my heart and in my mind better. Here is the URL http://biblereasons.com/moving-on/.)
Bless our nation, praise God…….jk