At the very beginning of our COVID quarantine, I made a video devotion asking the question, “Are you a thermometer or a thermostat?” We’ve been through so much since then. Our reaction to such stressful times mattered then and it matters now. So, on the eve of an incredibly volatile election, the question is appropriate to ask again. Are you a thermometer or a thermostat?
Here are some of the scriptures I collected today and the link to the March post I referred to in the video. There is a beautiful prayer, that is relevant for tonight, on the page as well.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1-2
For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16
Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – He remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free. Psalm 146:3-7
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33
I hope these passages and my short message will bring you peace and comfort as you prepare your heart and mind for tomorrow. The words of God are not just words on a page – they are alive and active and can transform even the most troubled heart.