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I hear it at least once a day, on the news, by friends or family, or my own inner voice, “This country is in big trouble.” No one seems to be happy with how the economy is, who is up for election, or how our country men are treating each other. We are in a slump as a nation, and it seems to be unanimous.

As a mom, I long to see my America thrive and succeed in this world. To be a country that stands for rights and liberties for all people. I long for individuals to be able to express their religious views with comfort and peace, for others to respect their right to do so. I want my children to esteem the leaders of our country and honor the office of president.

Yet, worry and anxious thoughts seem to be the norm when it comes to the future of our great nation.

As I stood in my kitchen scrambling eggs and sizzling bacon, a news anchor made a comment that has stuck with me, “We have survived bad presidents before.”

With the election for the 45th President of the United States just months away, this seems to be the current issue everyone is up in arms about. Who will it be? Will they do what we want? Do they have the right policies? Will they bring back the economy? Will they represent America like we need? What about foreign affairs and national security?

As the questions march on, so does the uncertainty of our future.

The statement by the news anchor reminded me that presidents come and go, and if we hang our hopes and future on one person, there will only be disappointment.

God’s Word is the only thing that lasts.

Jesus is the only hope for our country.

We aren’t in dire need of a new president; we are in dire need of an awakening to the sin in our own lives, to the sin this country is committing and to how we have forsaken our God.

Until we wake up to the truth, that we have offended a Holy God, our future will always be bleak and hopeless.

All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:24-25).

Friends, we must put our hope in things that are unseen, for the things that are seen will fade away, but the things that are unseen will last forever (2 Cor. 4:18).

Our country will sway and bend with the times, but our God will remain steadfast, a solid rock we can stand on. When we put our hope in Him, we don’t need to be fearful or anxious about tomorrow! We serve a God that will last, and that is what we put our hope in.

When it’s time to vote for a new president, go vote! But don’t put all your hope in them! Put your hope in the One who is ultimately in control and will outlast all things.

Father, Awaken our country to You, Lord. Awaken us to the sin we have committed against You. We fret and worry about the things that we see right in front of us, instead or fearing You and turning our thoughts to eternal things. Lord forgive us. We need you more than ever. You are ultimately in control, and we put our hope and trust in you, Lord. May your people be the light that shines in the darkness, which rests in Your peace and security. As the rest of the world shakes, may we show Your steadfastness. We love you, Father. May your presence be felt by all who turn towards You. Amen