Thoughts Regarding the Inauguration

As I write this, I have just returned from the inauguration of our new President in the United States, and I can’t recall an election and government transition that has created the levels of anxiety we see now.

Two months after the election, the divisions run as deep as they did in the final days of the campaign – maybe even deeper!

A few decades ago, we heard a lot about “the Silent Majority,” a term that resurfaced in this most recent election. But from what I see and hear in the news, it seems no one is silent, everyone has an opinion and they’re going to share it whether you want to hear it or not.

It’s no wonder that so many in America and around the world look at Inauguration Day and wonder whether it will bring peace and unity or a wound so deep it might never heal.

Are people worried? Absolutely!

But as followers of Jesus Christ, we understand that we aren’t in control. Neither are the politicians, the celebrities, or the angry protestors.

Thankfully, everything is in God’s hands.

In Philippians 4:6, the apostle Paul writes, “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.”

That’s God’s antidote for anxiety. His prescription in the midst of our pain, fear, and uncertainty is always prayer.

It’s amazing to me that when Paul wrote these words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he was locked in a Roman prison. But even in that terrible place, he lifted up the Christians in Philippi who faced daily persecution because they’d accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.

And though he was in prison, Paul wasn’t alone. In the previous verse, Philippians 4:5, he writes, “The Lord is at hand.” Jesus promised He would always be with us. So no matter what your circumstances, rejoice in our Lord and Savior!

Prayer is the cure for every worry. If you are awake late at night, anxiety gnawing at you, don’t toss and turn. Turn to the Lord instead and pray.

In Matthew 6:25-27, Jesus said “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink. … Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

Worry never solved a problem. It won’t help you a bit in the days ahead. Give your worries to God in prayer.

Remember always that no matter what, God is in control.

Jack Graham