Tonight, as I sit and listen to the wind whipping around outside and the rain pelting the house, I was reminded of the following…..
One of my life passages from Isaiah is:
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely, how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream and letting your cattle and donkeys range free. Isaiah 32:17-20
God gave me those verses years ago. I even had a painter make a painting of them for me to hang in our home. They have been a source of comfort in a variety of circumstances. I intentionally read the words on that painting as I walk past it.
I thought of those words tonight as the storm blew, and then it struck me, during this politically charged climate where dark and light are becoming more clearly defined and threats are tossed around like grenades of worry, we can cling to these same promises that have helped me walk out personal storms.
When you hear about this or that occurring in Washington or in your local government, you don’t have to respond with emotional outbursts, protests and shouting. We are, as believers, called to respond with peace as our fruit of righteousness. We are next called to respond with quietness and confidence. Yelling, complaining and groaning are not signs of strength. They are clear signs of weakness. As a toddler will flail and throw a temper tantrum when they feel they aren’t getting their way, adults do the exact same thing sometimes.
I encourage you to begin to be change. Be the one who refuses to argue, but instead goes to God in prayer. Be the one who is slow to respond because you pray first. Be the one who refuses to get caught up in the stream of fear. Instead, demonstrate peace to those around you.
These are valuable qualities. These are godly attributes.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. Romans 13:1-2