You Gotta Keep Them Separated: Part 2

Where do you place your trust?  Who do you go to in a crisis?  When fear grips you and you feel that gnawing down in your gut- what do you do?

I turn to the Lord.  And I will tell you why.  Because when the government passes laws I don’t agree with, when evil seems to be winning, when hatred and anger grow- I remember His promises.

Psalm 9 is a great passage about nations who disobey God-and it reminds me to pray for our nation- that we may turn to God- and as the songs says “kings and kingdoms will all pass away, but there’s something about that name.”  Psalm 22 is another great psalm to read when you are feeling discouraged by all the lying and manipulation- (for instance, politicians only saying what they need to for the votes and then doing whatever they want when they get elected)

Psalm 9:1-10

1 I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

3 My enemies turn back;
they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause,
sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
you have uprooted their cities;
even the memory of them has perished.

7 The LORD reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the peoples with equity.
9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Psalm 22:26-31

26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
those who seek the LORD will praise him—
may your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the LORD,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the LORD
and he rules over the nations.

29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!

There are many others- just search nations using a Bible search like BibleGateway.com and you can see some of the other passages (there are a very large number in Psalms).

When I get into heated discussions with people, and am tempted to be rude or sarcastic- I remember these words from 2 Timothy.

2 Timothy 2 is such a great passage, I encourage you to read all of it, but I will focus on some specific verses.

14… Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene…

22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

Phillipians 2 is another great passage, talking about humility and avoiding needless arguments.

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

I still get into arguments with people- and I get angry and say hurtful things sometimes- I envy what my neighbor has sometimes- when times are tough financially- when those unexpected expenses make things stressful.  I feel helpless sometimes when the govt. passes bills I don’t agree with and I feel helpless to do anything about it.  Sometimes I feel like no one cares about the social issues that tear my heart out.  Sometimes friends say things about me b/c I have different views than them- or they post articles that imply I am ignorant for holding the beliefs that I do- and it hurts.  But how I handle those situations is a reflection of my character- and where I place my faith- and who’s opinion truly matters.

I try whenever I can to let God’s Word stand alone.  For I find that it says things much better than I ever could.  Most of all I hope that we can all love each other despite our differences- and never stop having compassion and kindness, in humility considering others more highly than ourselves. (Phil 2:3-4)

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