weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - November 8, 2022
If I am perturbed by the reproach and misunderstanding that may follow action taken for the good of souls for whom I must give account; if I cannot commit the matter and go on in peace and in silence, remembering Gethsemane and the cross, then I know nothing of Calvary love. - Amy Carmichael
Today is Election Day in the United States. I never miss a chance to vote. It is a civic duty, a noble responsibility, and a privilege we should not take for granted. However, elections can bring out the worst in our society. Bearing false witness has become an art form and thoughtful dialogue a foggy memory.
The hard, rough edges of our discourse are emblematic of the hard, rough edges of our souls. Until we find peace with God, we will never exhibit peace toward others.
Are you exhausted from the bickering? Is your stomach in knots from the contention? Does anger boil within? Do harsh words dominate your discussions? Isaiah’s thoughts may be helpful. He records the lyrics of an ancient song, “You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3) A few chapters later he records, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says, in repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)
Elected officials will bicker and boast, but the Sovereign Lord, the Prince of Peace, offers salvation in exchange for our rest and repentance and strength for our quietness and trust.
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Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc.