Anyone who knows me well, knows I don’t like politics or really even talking politics. Generally speaking, I try really hard to avoid anything that has “tics” on it or in it. Politics reminds me too much of blood sucking parasites that we used to get covered in while walking in the woods of Kentucky. I’ll pass! Anyway, today marks the installment of a new President and the leaving of office for another one. I’m not here to speak ill of either nor praise either. Both men are far from perfect and both men were put into place by God. They will one stand before Him in how they ran this country. I can live with that. This country does not exist for my comfort, although it is nice to have.
I was reading this morning from the book of Proverbs and I ran across a few verses that just brought a wave of peace over my heart. I hope it does the same for you.
So you will walk in the way of good people
And keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land,
And the blameless will remain in it;
But the wicked will be eliminated from the land,
And the treacherous will be torn away from it.
Those last 2 lines really caught my attention. The wicked will be eliminated from the land and the treacherous will be torn away. The upright and the blameless get to stay, the wicked and treacherous have to leave.
Just so no one gets all crazy or misunderstands these verses, Solomon was NOT writing about AMERICA. Solomon didn’t know about America. More than likely, He was referring to Israel, but it really paints a picture of the future. God’s judgement and reckoning. So who is the wicked and who is the blameless? The Democrats are the wicked and the Republicans are the blameless. No wait…It’s the Republicans are the wicked and the Democrats are the blameless. I think Solomon would laugh at our pettiness as a country. This verse is not talking politics, nor is it talking about this country.
Solomon is giving wise advise to his children. He wants His children to know that there is a right way to live and there is a wrong way. And it has nothing to do with the way you vote or the policies you believe in. Solomon wanted his children to know that being righteous and blameless are the way to live this life. The problem is, though, we are incapable of being blameless or righteous on our own. Only God can be truly righteous and blameless. So how can we live that way? A simple definition of righteousness is being right with God. The only way to be made right with God is by receiving the free gift of grace for salvation. Jesus died on the cross for your sins. Recognize that you are a sinner and ask for forgiveness. All your sins will be forgiven if you will believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and rose from the dead. Invite Him to live in your heart and life. When you do this, you are right with God and blameless. He will never cast you out. He loves you so much.
How does one become wicked? Being born! We are all born wicked, sinful, and treacherous. We are born existing but spiritually dead. All you have to do to stay wicked and treacherous is do absolutely nothing. You have to choose to receive Jesus’ free gift. That is the only way to become unwicked (I may have just made up a word.) You must know that Solomon was right though. The wicked and treacherous will be cast out and uprooted. But you will be sent to another country, but to eternal condemnation. As long as you have breath in your lungs, you still have a chance to choose Jesus. But there is coming a day when it is too late. Please choose Jesus today.
I guess the question now is, why did these verses bring peace to my heart? Two reasons come to mind. First, I want my children to walk in the path of righteousness. I want them to choose Jesus and walk in His ways all their life. 2020 was a bit of a stinker of a year, but some good did come from it. Last April, Ty prayed to receive the free gift of Salvation. He loves Jesus. We are praying that Claire does so as well. The second reason that I had peace when reading the last verse, was just the promise that it won’t always be this way. Wickedness, hatred, treachery, lies, murder, and politics won’t always be around. God will one day make everything right again. He will set us free from all evil and all wickedness. That brings me so much peace today. I hope it does you too.
Where are you with Jesus right now? Have you received His free gift of grace for salvation? If not, you can right now. If you have no idea what to do or say, please reach out to me. I’d love to tell you how you can be made right with Jesus.
I guess that is all I have to say about Inauguration Day, but I hope this makes you hopeful and filled with peace if you felt unsettled today.
Grace and Peace to you as you walk righteous and blameless with Jesus. Let me know If I can help you in anyway!