Day by day and moment by moment we witness governmental activities, decisions and more than anything else dysfunction. We get to the point where we have had about all of it we can take. We want to contact our elected officials and tell them off. Or we want to turn it all off completely. I would suggest that instead, we just put government in its place. Possibly in your mind you have already given meaning to that statement. Here’s the way I intend it. Give government the status it deserves. When you do, this is the larger reality.
God is still on the throne. He is still in charge. He continues to call the shots of the world and universe. Psalms 196:10 says, “The Lord reigns forever.” Forever in this verse means forever. Reigns means he has power over government. He has power over everything. Everything begins and ends with him, not government. “He was before all else began and it is his power that holds everything together.” (Col 1:17 TLB)
Place your trust in God. Those who trust in government will forever be disappointed. Those who trust in God will never be disappointed. We are disappointed only when we place our trust in the wrong place or in our agenda above God’s agenda. Our hope is in the Lord. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Prov 3:5-6)
Help and pray for those affected by governmental decisions. Not everyone is directly acquainted with someone affected by the current shutdown of the government. But those who are, should be looking for ways to reach out and offer support and resources when needed and possible. All of us can pray for those who are hurt by governmental decisions or lack of as well as for our government leaders who are making the decisions. “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:17-18)
Keep the perspective. It is all about eternity. Focus on the goal line instead of the obstacles along the way. How can we use these circumstances to change perspectives and bring about eternal differences in people’s lives? If current issues are resolved without any thought of life change and eternal success what have we gained? “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Cor 4:18)
So the best thing we can do, in the midst of current climate, challenges and conflict is put government in its place and get on with what’s most important, trusting in God rather than government and devoting our lives to making eternal differences in the lives of those who we are blessed to do life together with. That, my friend, is one thing government can never grant to us nor take from us.