Sunday, November 8, 2020
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6,7 KJV).
Election Day 2020 is passed, but its drama continues.
Anxiety and uncertainty remain concerning the outcome of the United States presidential election. Sleep has been lost. Fears are mounting. Tempers are raging. Results are being contested. Accusations of election fraud abound. Litigations and investigations have ensued. “News” organizations have already declared a winner—and, according to them, the incumbent lost. However, not all the votes have been counted and certified. Allegedly, some ballots were illegally cast, and should be discarded. The legitimate ones would need to be recounted. What is the truth, and what is simply propaganda? In the weeks ahead, all will become clearer. Unfortunately, though, we will never fully grasp what happened because of the matter’s complexity. Yet, as Bible believers, we can remain calm.
One classic example of fretting in Scripture is Martha, Lazarus’ sister (cf. John 11:1,2). Let us consider the Bible in chapter 10 of Luke: “ Now it came to pass, as they went, that he [Jesus] entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.  But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Martha was hypervigilant or excessively worried. Chiefly, her sister Mary had left her to serve (food?) by herself. Mary was busy listening to Jesus teach, but Martha was preoccupied. Jesus reassured her in verse 41: “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things.” She was being unreasonable, allowing numerous things to distract and trouble her. With her eyes off God’s Word, she was “careful,” agonizing about what ultimately did not matter….