Terry Paulson

C.S. Lewis talked about pain as a megaphone in the hands of a loving God. Pain, disappointments, loss--all remind us of the limitations of our control and our need for God. Whenever I wonder about God's wisdom, I'm reminded of Peter's stirring reminder to fellow Christians: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

Humility! Shouldn't we assertively fight for liberty, free enterprise, and the American way? Or are we to claim a strong assurance and confidence that comes from knowing that we are grounded in something bigger--we have the "precious pearl" of faith. After all, Biblical humility is not a call for weakness or passive acceptance. The humility called for in Scripture seems much more a strength with gentleness that comes with trusting that ultimately God is in control.

But as Christians, we also affirm that God uses our gifts and our time to shape and work His will on earth. We are called to do our best to discern that will and work to impact others. As St. Ignatius reportedly said, “Act as if everything depends on you. And pray as if everything depends on God.”

So with an humble appreciation of my understanding and my place, I continue to praise God and work for values and principles that I feel God calls me to support. For if it be the will of God, I pray for wisdom and positive change. For I know that just because God delays, does not mean he denies. As Paul writes in Colossians 4:2: "Don't be weary in prayer; keep at it; watch for God's answers and remember to be thankful when they come."

America has had tough times before. Christians and the people of God have had quite a soap opera through the centuries, but God has been faithful. So along with the Psalmist, we must find joy in every day with the Lord, no matter who is in office in Washington: "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118: 24)

For as Chuck Swindol has said, “Joy is the flag that flies above the castle of their hearts, announcing that the King is in residence.” So as we come to the end of the year, I claim the joy of this Christmas season and I look forward to a New Year in the Kingdom of God. For even though President Obama is in the White House, the King of Kings is in the residence that counts. So, as believers, even when we don't know what God is doing, we are blessed to be His and to know that His will must be worked out with or without our votes or our approval.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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