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“A Nation’s Character Is Oft Reflected in the Character of Its Leaders!”

October 5, 2017

Scripture reading – Proverbs 28

Our scripture reading this Thursday, October 5, 2017 is Proverbs 28.  Remembering the Book of Proverbs is in a real sense, “sounds bites of wisdom”, brief statements of truth Solomon imparted to a son who would one day be king, it comes as no surprise that many of the statements in Proverbs 28 reflect on the reign of righteous leaders contrasted with the rule of wicked men who abuse the people.  Two proverbs will be the subject of today’s devotional commentary.

Proverbs 28:2  “For the transgression [sin; rebellion] of a land [nation] many are the princes [chief; commander; rulers] thereof: but by a man of understanding [discernment] and knowledge [by observation and experience] the state [rightness; well-being; preparation] thereof [the land, i.e. nation] shall be prolonged [lengthened].”

Solomon’s political proverb reveals one of the afflictions of a rebellious nation—many leaders!  The implication is that a country, which turns its back on God, will be weak and divided by its leaders.  An obvious illustration of a divided nation is civil war; however, the two-party rhetoric of our day portends to the same rift without taking up arms.

The vitriolic, venomous speeches of our leaders reflect the sins of a divided nation.  We are a nation of many leaders, few of whom desire to see America on a righteous course.   Our leaders have distorted life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; systematically taking the lives of nearly 60 million unborn and attacking the sanctity of marriage and family with a deluded definition of equal rights in the name of diversity, we are a rebellious nation!

Proverbs 28:2 also reminds us leaders with wisdom, insight and discernment are a blessing to a nation.   It is the character of the leader, not the office he holds, that defines such a leader.   His integrity and dependence on God imparts to the nation stability and security that prolongs the nation’s life and prosperity.

Proverbs 28:5 is the second proverb I invite you to ponder.

Proverbs 28:5  “Evil men [wicked, sinful] understand [consider; perceive; discern] not judgment [rights; order; verdict; cause]: but they that seek [strive after; enquire; desire; search out] the LORD [Eternal, Self-existent Jehovah] understand [consider; discern] all things.”

The exercise of law and justice and keeping and preserving the law are subjects of this proverb.  While the righteous consider God’s commandments and fear His judgment, the wicked have no immutable standard of right and wrong.

Such has become the malady of America’s judicial system.  Once the envy of the world, our judicial system is corrupt and “Lady Justice” is no longer blind.   Sadly, the weight of the law is often balanced in favor of the wicked and their cronies.

With rare exceptions, the day has passed when good men and women go into the practice of law driven by a passion for justice and dedicated to upholding the Constitution and laws of the land.   For decades, our citizenry has elected corrupt officials who, once in office, appoint judges like themselves.

We are a nation in decline and have lost our role as the world’s leader and force for good.   One need look no further than the character of the men and women we have elected to office and who sit in places of judgment to understand, a nation’s leaders are indicative of that nation’s character—they are who we are!

Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith

Ever Wonder Why Wickedness is Parading in Our Cities?

womens-marchWednesday, February 1, 2017

Daily reading assignment: Psalm 12-14

My focus for today’s devotional is Psalm 12:8.

Psalm 12:8 “The wicked [ungodly; evil; immoral] walk on every side [encircle; surround; unrestrained], when the vilest [worthless; weak; i.e. gluttoness] men are exalted .”

madonnaToday, more than at any time in my lifetime, the essence of Psalm 12:8 is on full display for the world to see. Permit me to put the words of Psalm 12:8 in my own words:

The wicked, immoral, and ungodly are embolden, proud, and unashamed of their sin when worthless, undisciplined, narcissistic men and women are applauded, admired, and promoted.

hillaryWonder why lawlessness, depravity, and wickedness parade shamelessly in our cities?   Wonder no longer!  The pleasures of sin and the debauchery of sexual depravity is a consuming passion of the American public because we have put on political pedestals, stage, and theater screens the purveyors of immorality and rebellion.   Wickedness and rebellion are cancers eroding the moral fiber of our homes, churches, schools, communities, and nation. Consider the following as supporting evidence.

When a villainous, lying woman receives the majority of the American vote for president, “the wicked walk on every side”.judd

When Hollywood stars and Rock musicians swear and curse the nation’s leaders, “the wicked walk on every side”.

When college campuses promote the wicked and despise the righteous, “the wicked walk on every side”.

Is the same not true of the church?  When carnality is the entertainment diet of church members and immorality is tolerated in her leaders, “the wicked walk on every side”.

Christian friend, God has called us to be Salt and Light in the world.  Salt is a natural preservative; however, when contaminated, salt becomes in the words of Christ, “good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Mt. 5:13).  light-of-the-worldSadly, I find that statement is true of many church members; too many Christians tolerate sin and have “lost their savor”.

It is easy to condemn the world’s sinful darkness, but I remind you, if the church were Light, there would be less darkness (Mt. 5:14-15)!

Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith

Is This America’s Reprieve Before God’s Judgment?

trump-and-penceFriday, January 27, 2017

Daily reading assignment: Isaiah 18-22

Today’s devotional reading continues Isaiah’s prophetic message of God’s judgment against the nations and Israel.  God’s judgment against Egypt (Isaiah 19:1-15 and 20:1-6) was fulfilled when Assyria conquered Egypt in 670 B.C.  Isaiah 19:16-25 describes Egypt being fearful of the LORD (i.e. reverencing and worshiping Him) and the nation of Judah (today’s modern Israel).  This prophecy has yet to be fulfilled, but will be fulfilled at Jesus Christ’s Second Coming.

Isaiah 21:1-10 is a prophecy concerning the fall of ancient Babylon to Assyria (the “desert of the sea” probably referring to the desert region of modern day Iraq).  Assyria and Babylon were the two major world powers in Isaiah’s day.  Isaiah prophesies in chapter 21 that Babylon would fall to Assyria; however, that nation would eventually become superior to Assyria until she fell to the Medes and Persians in 539 B.C.revelry

Isaiah 22 is a prophecy of God’s judgment against the city of Jerusalem and Judah.  After observing the northern ten tribes taken into captivity by Assyria, one would hope Judah, made up of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin with Jerusalem as her capital city, would have humbled herself before God; instead, we read: “Thou that art full of stirs [noise; shouting], a tumultuous city, a joyous city [jubilant; full of revelers] (22:2).

Mirroring the sinful, narcissistic spirit of the rich fool who said, “eat, drink, and be merry” (Luke 12:19), the citizens of Jerusalem took pleasure in their sin, insensitive to the threat of danger and the imminence of God’s judgment.  Isaiah foresaw the danger and warned God’s people the day was approaching when their men would be slain in the streets (22:2) and the rulers would flee before the enemy (22:3-7).   Jerusalem’s defenses would fail (22:8-11a) and still the people would refuse to turn to the LORD (22:11b).  Instead of repenting of their sin and turning to the LORD, the people resolved to “eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die” (22:12-14).

babylon-and-assyriaIsaiah 22:15-19 is a denunciation of a leader of Jerusalem identified as “this treasurer, even unto Shebna” (22:15).   Like political leaders of our own nation, Shebna had enriched himself and carved out a sepulchre worthy of a king’s burial (22:16).  Isaiah prophesied Shebna would be numbered among those carried away captive and his tomb would belong to another.  In Shebna’s place, God raised up Eliakim, a man the LORD described as “my servant” and promising “he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah” (22:20-21).  In spite of putting a godly man at the helm of the nation’s leadership, God’s judgment of Judah was inevitable (22:25).

I close with an observation: As it was with ancient Judah before God’s judgment against that nation, is it not also true of today’s church in the United States:  For too long Christians have lived for today’s pleasures, giving little thought to eternity and God’s judgment.

As God chose Eliakim to serve Judah as a leader who would serve the interests of the people like a caring father, I wonder if the recent election of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence might afford us a parallel with our own nation and times.  My friend, I believe God has granted America a reprieve from His impending judgment; let us not play the fool only to hear, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” (Luke 12:20)

* Please forgive me for posting today’s devotional later than usual. I was traveling Thursday and am feeling a little under the weather today.

Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith

Warning: This devotional is not a “safe space” for Millennial Rioters (nor their clueless parents)


safe-spaceDear Millennial Rioter and clueless parent,

Your cry for “safe spaces” and the symbolic Diaper pens worn by some to identify themselves as “safe persons” (an appropriate symbol for your self-indulgence) is an embarrassment to your grandparents and great-grandparents.   normandy-d-day

You see, three generations ago your 18-year-old great-grandfathers were assailing the armies of the Third Reich to liberate Europe from facists dictators.  Two generations ago your grandfathers were fighting Communism in the jungles of Vietnam.  You, on the other hand, have been raised by parents who failed to teach you the virtue of self-sacrifice.  You are spoiled and, like your parents, clueless that this world will inevitably to teach you a harsh lesson…no one cares how you feel.  Your fancy of a “safe world” will sooner or later confront an enemy that will either enslave you or destroy you.

The following devotional, taken from Psalm 12:1-8 and written a year ago, offers insight into what is happening in our nation’s cities as the Millennial Generation riot over having been denied, at least temporarily, their right of entitlement in the recent elections.

November 12, 2015

Make no mistake; “political correctness” is neither new nor correct.  Psalm 12:1-8 exposes “political correctness” for what it is—a vehicle for attacking Truth and silencing those who believe God’s Word and accept its morality as just and right.  The tragedy of our day is too many believers are more concerned with a “Like” on Facebook than they are with standing for what is right!  Because the godly have been silent, the wicked are empowered and the dominance of a political movement that is atheistic, socialistic, intolerant, and anti-Christian is driving our nation down a road of destruction.  It will soon be too late if preachers in the pulpit and believers in the pews do not awaken to the nature of wickedness that is inspiring riots in our cities, protests in our schools, and assaults on our liberties as Americans.PC

Psalm 12:1 – “Help [deliver; save; avenge], LORD; for the godly man [saint] ceaseth [come to an end]; for the faithful [true; people of faith; believers] fail [disperse; disappear] from among the children of men.”

Psalm 12 is the cry of a king witnessing the retreat of a godly remnant that, in the king’s words were all but extinct.  David lamented, “the godly man ceaseth” and “the faithful fail” (12:1).   David cried out to the LORD to save the godly and the faithful and avenge those who obey His law and revere Him.

Psalm 12:2-4 – “They speak [say; declare] vanity [deceit; evil] every one with his neighbor [friend; companion]: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
3  The LORD shall cut off all flattering
[smooth] lips [language; speech], and the tongue that speaketh [declares; tells] proud [great; magnify] things:
4  Who have said
[declared; tell], With our tongue will we prevail [strengthen; act insolently]; our lips are our own: who is lord [master; sovereign; owner] over us?

hope and changeDavid identified the smooth lips and double-tongued nature of the wicked who, with insolent lips assailed the godly (12:2, 4).   The believers of our day would do well to take a page out of David’s “playbook” and realize the nature of man has not changed!  The wicked are emboldened by their peers (12:2a) and, should they go unchecked by the righteous, will prevail against those in authority (12:4b).

Though the wicked revel in their lies and boast with their lips, David assured the godly the LORD would “cut off”, expose and take vengeance against those who denied Him and railed against His people.

Psalm 12:5-7 – “For the oppression [spoil; destruction] of the poor [afflicted; depressed; needy], for the sighing [groaning; cries] of the needy [beggar; destitute], now will I arise [stand up], saith the LORD; I will set [array; appoint] him in safety [salvation; safety; liberty; prosper] from him that puffeth [scoffs; kindles as a fire] at him.
6  The words
[speech; commands] of the LORD are pure [clean; fair] words: as silver tried [refined] in a furnace of earth, purified [purged; refined] seven times.
7  Thou shalt keep
[preserve; guard; protect] them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve [guard; protect] them from this generation [age] for ever.

I remind you that God is patient, longsuffering, and merciful toward sinners; however, He is just and will exact vengeance on the wicked who oppress the poor and needy.  The LORD extends liberty to sinners for a season; however, He declares He will rise up against the wicked and pour out His wrath on those who “puffeth” and scoff at the poor and afflicted (12:5).

Unlike the wicked whose lips are full of lies and deceit, the LORD’s words are pure like refined silver that has passed through the furnace seven times (12:6).   The words of the wicked are full of lies and their promises vain and hollow; however, the Word of the LORD is sure, faithful and true from generation to generation (12:7).

Psalm 12:8 – The wicked [immoral; guilty; criminal] walk [go; behave] on every side [every place], when the vilest [worthless] men are exalted [raised up; high; emboldened].”

People hold signs as they listen to speakers at a protest against the election of President-elect Donald Trump, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

People hold signs as they listen to speakers at a protest against the election of President-elect Donald Trump, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

You need only read Psalm 12:8 to understand what has become of our nation!  America has invited God’s wrath and is under His judgment because her citizens would rather entertain an empty promise like “Hope and Change” than believe God’s Word and obey His law.  We have “exalted…the vilest men” and wickedness runs unchecked in our streets.   A spirit of rebellion has seized upon the spiritual vacuum in our youth and our college campuses and communities have become forums for fanning the flames of anarchy.

If we continue to elect men and women who have no fear of God and allow their lies and abuses to go unchecked, we have only ourselves to blame as America descends into a cesspool of ungodliness, violence and moral depravity.

Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith

P.S.  For a half-century, secular schools and institutions of higher-learning have served as vessels of progressive indoctrination.  While the November 8, 2016 presidential election offers the hope of a reprieve from 8 years of excessive socialist ideology and activism; post-election protests and rioting has unmasked the hypocrisy of the Left’s cry for tolerance.


2016Many of you view the outcome of the presidential election as a welcome reprieve from the assaults of socialism and the lunacy of the left that have been on full, unveiled display over the past 18 months.  Although a battle has been won, be forewarned, the war for the heart and soul of our nation is being waged everyday in secular classrooms, city and county meetings, courtrooms, and the halls of government across our nation.spiritual-minutemen

The election of President-elect Donald Trump is nothing more than a brief respite in the Left’s war against this Constitutional Republic and our individual freedoms.  In the absence of a demonstrative spiritual change in the soul and moral fiber of our nation, a new administration in the White House offers only a deceleration in the liberal left’s assault on traditional values and moral absolutes.

More than a change of administrations, America needs a spiritual awakening beginning in her churches.  For a half-century, Christians have bemoaned the moral failings of American culture and decried the left’s assault on traditional marriage and family, all the while attending churches dedicated to entertaining the masses and soft-pedaling Bible Truth.  osteenRecognizing their congregations have little tolerance for strong, convicting declarative preaching, mealy-mouthed, spineless preachers deliver milk-toast sermons that tickle the ears of their adoring audiences while the media, Hollywood, educators, and politicians continue an unabated assault on our children and homes.

I close this introductory observation with an excerpt from Paul’s letter to Timothy that is a portrait of the church and society in our day.

2 Timothy 4:1-5 – “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5  But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”preach

  • In my next posts I will suggest some steps we must take to begin an assault on the left’s political and moralistic inroads into our homes, churches, schools, and government.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith


election-depressionAnxiety and depression have become a way of life for many and, regardless of who becomes President, a change of administration in Washington will not put a “happy face” on a listless soul.  If you are one of millions wrestling with “Election Depression”,  I have good news from God’s Word!

A recent study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests nearly 10% of the world’s population lives in a perpetual state of anxiety and depression. A United Kingdom study suggests that 40-50% of Millennials struggle with anxiety. The news for American Millennials is no better. In fact, the problem of anxiety and depression is so dire the WHO has proposed that $147 billion be spent on “psychological counseling and antidepressant medications” in the next 15 years.slide03

Friend, there is a better way to cope with life and overcome Post-Election Blues!  Rather than deepening your rut of fear and worry, allow me to encourage your heart and mind in the principles of God’s sovereignty and providential care by inviting you to consider Psalm 91 on this Election Day.  This great psalm promises hope for the hopeless, confidence for the distraught, sanctuary for the hurting, courage for the fearful, and peace for the troubled!

If you are in need a word of encouragement to help you overcome post-election blues, consider four truths from Psalm 91:

1) The Sanctuary of the Saints (91:1-2)

2) The Security of the Saints (91:3-7)

3) The Sureness of the Saints (91:8-13)

4) The Satisfaction of the Saints (91:14-16)

slide16The saints of God find Sanctuary in the shadow of the LORD (91:1-2).  A young child is fearless when he or she is near a parent; however, stray too far from the parent and fear and panic can suddenly take hold on that child’s heart.  The same is true of the child of God.  When we purposefully and consciously stay close to the LORD, when He is our abiding place and His shadow is our retreat, we can say confidently, the LORD is “my Refuge, my Fortress, and my God” and I trust Him! (91:2)

The LORD is not only the Sanctuary; He is also the Security of God’s people (91:3-7).   Ask yourself on this election day:  Why put your confidence in man (or woman) when the LORD has promised to be your Deliverer (91:3) and Defender (91:4-7)?slide16

The psalmist assured God’s people the LORD is able to deliver His people from the snares of enemies and the troubles that plague the lives of men in this sin cursed world (91:3).   We have this assurance: put your confidence in the LORD; obey His commandments, live a virtuous life, and He will deliver you from the pestilence of sin and death (Romans 6:23).

The psalmist promises the LORD is not only the Deliverer of those who trust Him; He is also their Defender.  I suggest there are three words of encouragement we can take from Psalm 91:4-7 that should lift the spirits of God’s people.

The first word of encouragement is, Be Comforted.  The security the LORD offers His people is set forth in two spiritual portraits. arkThe first,  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust” (Psalm 91:4).  The LORD is like a mother hen who sacrifices herself to give safety and shelter to her brood of chicks.  Where would the psalmist have found the feathers and wings of the LORD?  I suggest it was within the inner sanctum, the Holy of Holies of the tabernacle.  Once a year, the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies and sprinkle the blood of a sacrifice on the Mercy Seat and atone for the sins of Israel.  Outstretched wings of cherubim covered the Mercy Seat which represented the throne of God (Hebrews 9:5; Numbers 7:89; Leviticus 16:15). For Israel, the Mercy Seat and Ark of the Covenant represented God’s perpetual presence among His people.

shieldThe second portrait of the LORD’s comfort is a military one:  The LORD’s “truth shall be thy shield and buckler” (Psalm 91:4).   The shield was a large defensive tool used by soldiers when approaching an enemies’ stronghold.  Covering the soldier’s body, the shape of the shield was much like that of a door and could be interlocked with fellow soldiers presenting a formidable defense against arrows and spears. The buckler was a small shield used by soldiers in close hand-to-hand combat.  In essence, the LORD’s Truth, His Word, Commandments, Law, and Gospel offer security to the soul like the shield and buckler of a foot soldier.

Take comfort dear friend, the LORD is a Sanctuary, offering Security for those who abide in His presence.

I will continue this study of Psalm 91 later today, praying it will be an encouragement for you on this Election Day!

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

Psalm 10:1-11 – Is This The Portrait of a 21st Century Politician?

does character matterDear readers,

I will be posting within the hour a devotional from Psalm 10 that I believe paints the portrait of  many 21st century politicians.  Today’s devotional is especially timely in light of tonight’s Republican National Committee primary debate and I submit to you that CHARACTER DOES MATTER!

lies and the presidencyA great debate swirled around President Bill Clinton’s bid for a second term in 1996 as his presidency and the nation were rocked by moral scandals that centered in the Oval Office.  Lies, coverups and adultery plagued the nation and the president barely escaped being removed from office in impeachment proceedings.

Character ought to matter, but it appears America’s shallow, insatiable appetite for “style over substance” might continue to pave the path to her decline and moral implosion.

A devotional psalm painting the character of the wicked in high places will follow in the hour.

With the heart of a shepherd and the passion of a patriot,

Travis D. Smith

Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith

Proverbs 8:14–16 – Success is the legacy of leaders who possess and employ godly wisdom.

DetriotIf there has ever been a day that wisdom in places of leadership was wanting, this is the day!  Godly wisdom, spiritual discernment and the righteous application of truth and knowledge are desperately needed in our nation, churches, schools and homes; however, we have turned away from God and rejected His Law.  The decay of our cities is undisputable; the moral depravity of our youth shamelessly on display; and the folly of man seeking answers for problems God alone can answer are without question!

Wisdom from God is personified in Proverbs 8 and her voice in today’s proverbs invites us to hear and heed. Proverbs 8:14 states that God’s Wisdom is the basis of sound government.

Proverbs 8:14 “Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom [knowledge]: I [lit. wisdom] am understanding [discernment]; I [lit. wisdom] have strength [might; power].

The strength of a nation is derived from its leaders and its success is the legacy of leaders who possess and employ godly wisdom.

Proverbs 8:15-16 “By me [wisdom] kings reign, and princes decree justice. 16 By me  [wisdom] princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.”

Oh that God would give our nation leaders with godly wisdom, insight and State-of-the-Union-Style-Obama-and-the-Missing-Pocket-Squarediscernment. Sadly, because the elected leaders of a nation are the essence of the character of its people—there is little hope for America apart from a national revival that begins in her churches.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Copyright 2014 – Travis D. Smith

Proverbs 28:5, 7 – “Lady Justice” is no longer blind.

Supreme CourtWe return to two frequent themes found in Proverbs regarding matters of the law—the exercise of law and judgment and keeping and preserving the law.

I make no apology for observing one of America’s greatest troubles is a corrupt judicial system. “Lady Justice” is no longer blind and the weight of the law is often balanced in favor of wicked men and their cronies. With rare exceptions, the day has passed when good men went into the practice of law driven by a passion for justice and dedicated to upholding the Constitution and laws of the land. For decades, our citizenry has elected corrupt officials who, once in office, appointed judges who were like themselves. Proverbs 28:5 reminds us this malady is as old as human government.Lady justice

Proverbs 28:5“Evil men [wicked, sinful] understand [consider; perceive; discern] not judgment [rights; order; verdict; cause]: but they that seek [strive after; enquire; desire; search out] the LORD[Eternal, Self-existent Jehovah] understand [consider; discern] all things.”

Evil, wicked men lack the discernment and insight to be judicious in their judgments. Unlike good men who seek the Lord and enquire of God Who is Omniscient and Just, wicked men do not consider God’s commandments, nor fear His righteous judgment. Man does not have an immutable standard of right and wrong, moral and immoral apart from God and His Law.

Our second proverb addresses the effect a son’s actions and attitudes have upon his parents.

Proverbs 28:8“Whoso keepeth [guard; watch; preserve] the law is a wise son [discerning; perceptive]: but he that is a companion [follower; make friendship with] of riotous men [immoral; worthless; gluttonous] shameth [wounds; dishonors; humiliates; brings reproach] his father.”

Father-SonThere was a time when sons carried their father’s name conscious of their family’s lineage and heritage. Parents would instill in their children the knowledge and burden for how their actions would affect their family’s name and reputation in the community.  Parents reminded their sons and daughters they were bearers of their family’s good name.

A wise son makes his father proud by keeping the law and respecting the authorities in his life. A foolish son befriends peers of disreputable reputations and invariably dishonors his family and disgraces his father.

What kind of son or daughter are you? Are you a sorrow to your parents or a source of pride and joy?

Those questions are answered by examining the character of your friends—they are, after all, who you are!

1 Corinthians 15:33 – “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”

The “Mourning” After the Elections

The “Mourning” After

The question this “mourning”, the day after the national presidential election is not: “Who won?” or “How did you vote?” Christians need to consider how we should individually and corporately respond when the people have voted and God has clearly spoken!

When President Bill Clinton was elected to his first term in 1992, many Christians manifested a spirit the days after that was at best demoralized, if not full-blown depression. One would have thought God had abdicated the throne of heaven and the man with the slyly grin from Arkansas had succeeded Him!

If you are struggling with the right response the “mourning” after; allow me to exhort you to respond to the question of the election’s outcome with confidence that Almighty God is Sovereign and the affairs [and elections] of man are not beyond His reach and control.

God ordains kings, rulers and all that are in authority. Every leader is an extension of God’s rule and reign and we are bound to obey and pray for all who are in authority.

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

Romans 13:5 “Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.”

1 Timothy 2:1-2 – “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

There are few in authority who consciously seek the will and way of God, but we can be certain that a Sovereign, Omnipotent and Omniscient God uses the designs and ways of rulers to bring to pass His will and purpose.

The prophet Daniel was a model of faith in God’s sovereignty:

Daniel 2:20-21 – “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: 21 And He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:”

Christian, this is the “Morning”, not the “mourning” after elections. Turn off the talk radio shows and mute the TV news talking heads and turn your heart and focus to the Lord!  Read your Bible and pray! Don’t allow the lost to see you bearing a spirit of gloom and despair when your attitude and outlook should reflect your confidence in the Lord Who is Sovereign!

Proverbs 8:13-17The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. 14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. 15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth. 17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”

Stop the mourning and Seek the Lord!

Pastor Travis D. Smith