All day, I felt God tapping me on the shoulder and telling me to pay close attention. So as I read today’s devotion,I couldn’t help but take note of how relevant this devotion and prayer are as we enter the “official” campaign stage of the next election. Linear time seems to be rolling faster and faster towards the start gate. And somewhere deep inside me, it feels pivotal.
62 days from now the election begins in earnest.
44 days from now early voting begins in NC.
3 days from now absentee voting beings in NC.
That being said, political ads seem to drag on longer and longer. Read the first paragraph carefully. Sound familiar? False positions?Controversial disputes? Clever ‘catch-you’ questions? Errrr….politics as old as time seem to be the same as ever. It makes me long for the old days when I just paid a casual, cursory attention to politics – mostly so I could argue intelligibly will my mom when we didn’t think so much alike.
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”~Dan 12:4
I suppose that knowledge and wisdom had to be increased to get us to where Our Father wants us to be on this sphere. I get that. It doesn’t mean that I have to like it. sigh. Long ago, life was much simpler. Just glad these Rations keep reminding me how important it is to pay attention and pray.
1942 Daily Rations: “They challenged his authority, they tried to put him in a false position with the Roman Government, they sought to entangle him in the controversial disputes of the day, they asked him clever catch questions he deftly parried, like a skillful fencer; and some he answered on a higher level, giving them new meanings which defeated his enemies and still remain profound utterances of basic spiritual truths. He also had time to observe and commend the poor widow who was asking her pitiable little contribution to the Temple treasury. Into every strong and vital life criticism and opposition are sure to come. Jesus shows us how to meet opponents without weakening, yet without bitterness.
“‘And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, that they might catch him in talk…And they marveled greatly at him’~Mk 12:13,17
“Read: Mk 11:27-33; Mk 12:14-17, 28-34
“Prayer: Teach us, O God, to deal wisely, patiently, and constructively with our critics and opponents. Help us to love them even though they do not love us. May we understand the real and deeper needs that lie beneath all the storms of controversy, and may we ever seek, not personal vindication, but deeper insights into truth. Deliver us from blind partisanship, and keep us close to Jesus Christ, our LORD. In His name. Amen”