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Do not let him.
Jesus offers simpler answers:
For the past three Putting Greens we have been seeking to divert our focus from the externals of our world to the internals of our souls. The externals of this world are like the shifting sands of the temporal, here today – shifting tomorrow, but your internal soul is eternal. This is so important I want to summarize all this with a fourth Putting Green.
To frame our perspective, let us return to our original questions:
Is the United States eternal?
Are the Democrats and the Republicans eternal?
Is China eternal?
Is this pandemic eternal?
Is the media – the stock market – the upcoming election – Trump Biden – Antifa – riots – economic collapse … eternal?
But most pertinent: Are you?
The answers: All no’s and the last a big yes.
Why the 3 You’s? Because it always comes down to you – and your life with Jesus. Not your pastor, your spouse, your favorite Bible teacher, your Sunday School class friends. You.
I am going to make a broad, sweeping declaration which I am wont to do: If we focused on these 3 You’s whenever we are wobbling and worrying, our lives would be enlightened with a light and a life-giving clarity.
Amidst all the chaos in our country – and perhaps in your personal life as well – Jesus is saying to you and to me:
As Peter stated so succinctly:
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Pet. 5:7)
And he does, you know.
I want to leave you with the words of Eugene Peterson’s daughter at his funeral:
The simple secret you taught me, Dad, every day of my life is this:
God loves you.
He is on your side.
He is coming after you.
He is relentless.