At the End of the Day
Posted October 19, 2016
"...he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings..." Daniel 2:21
We are in another election year and the pundits are out in force. Everyone has an opinion about politics. What bothers me so much is that everyone thinks they know what I want.
Have you ever noticed how many times the pundits say, "at the end of the day..."? They finish it off with what they think we as the American people want or need.
"At the end of the day all America wants is..."
"At the end of the day the working class people need..."
"At the end of the day the average American just wants..."
I think if Fox News put together a clip of all their guests and hosts saying, "at the end of the day..." and what we want as Americans, even from just a week's worth of shows, it would be hilarious.
Have you ever had a phrase that just grated on your nerves when you heard it? That "at the end of the day" is the one that does it for me. A sickening feeling comes over me whenever I hear it uttered.
We don't have regular television anymore. We just have Netflix, but my husband will listen to Fox News streaming on the computer sometimes. Mostly without his headphones on, so I do hear a lot of news, even if I don't actively go searching it out. I like to stay informed but I don't like to be inundated with news, especially politics.
I was thinking about that "at the end of the day" comment and it struck me that I already know what is going to happen "at the end of the day". God's Word already tells me certain things that I can know.
There are two things that I find cheers me up to know at the end of the day.
1. I have a place in Heaven waiting for me.
That is so exciting to me. Heaven is there waiting no matter what happens here on this earth. It doesn't matter who is in office or who is not, I have Heaven in my future.
My mom and dad are there. My oldest brother is there. So yes, the thought of Heaven can cheer me up big time. When my dad was alive, he talked about Heaven all the time. He preached a lot of sermons on it. His face would light up every time he talked about Heaven.
My dad knew every fact that the Bible gives on Heaven. He'd sit around and talk about it like some people talk about going to Disneyland. It was a trip he was going to take someday. He surely knew what he wanted at the end of the day. I can remember thinking at his funeral that he is finally there. He's finally taken that trip he wanted to take so badly. He'll see the sites.
Sure things are wonderful, aren't they? And Heaven is a sure thing.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3
2. God is in charge of the devil.
Someday God's is going to take care of the devil. I don't have to worry about it. No matter how much havoc the devil can stir up here on earth, in the end God will take care of him.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire... Revelation 20:10
So much is uncertain right now, but I can rest assured that at the end of the day that God is still in control. It doesn't matter what opinions we have politically, God is still there as Ruler over all. He knows what is going on.
I know it is hard to have peace in your heart at a time like this. Believe me, I realize that. All the facts, the non-facts, and all that information swirling around out there concerning our elections and the direction of our country can boggle the mind.
Lately I have to remind myself of the words that Daniel said.
Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding. Daniel 2:20-21
There are a lot of things going on in our country that we should be concerned with and we should work to better our world. I think on the whole we should all be more civically minded, especially as Christians.
If we want to make an impact, we are going to have to get more involved in our political system as a whole. When things arise, we need to contact our local representatives and voice our opinions. It's hard for us to complain too much if we have never taken any action to better things. And certainly we all need to band together in prayer that good strong leaders will come along, because we need them.
We should do our part and vote. We should do our part and pray. That all goes without saying, but there comes a point when we just have to give it all over to God. We have to trust that He is the ultimate Ruler.
Sometimes we don't understand the things that God allows and that He doesn't allow. Certain things don't make a lot of sense to us as mere humans.
The one thing we can do is rest assured that God knows what He is doing. He has a purpose and a plan for everything.
I'm so glad I have that same God of Daniel. He's the One that makes the seasons come and go. Nothing is going to happen that He is not aware of. God is the One Who is at the helm. I'm so glad that at the end of the day I can rest totally in Him. I can block out the uncertainty of the world and I can curl up into His peace.
I'm happy too that I can look forward to Heaven and a home with Christ. I can look forward to Christ's reign forever and ever. My end of the day has such an upside no matter what may be happening here on earth at this present time.
So, at the end of the day, what do you want?
Copyright ©2016 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.