Prayers needed on Brexit mess

Solihull News - - FAITH MATTERS - Ann Pol­son Soli­hull Methodist Church

DEAL or no deal? Do you remember the TV pro­gramme where con­tes­tants could choose a win­ning box which might con­tain a for­tune or noth­ing?

The ten­sion was height­ened when a banker made tempt­ing of­fers for higher riches.

The out­come was un­cer­tain un­til the last box was opened.

Brexit feels the same, ten­sion, un­cer­tainty.

We could have ev­ery­thing or noth­ing, tempt­ing of­fers are made and the out­come is un­cer­tain.

There is also a strong cul­ture of name call­ing and crit­i­cism and ev­ery­one dis­agrees with each other.

Many with op­pos­ing views claim they can step in, re­solve all the is­sues, bring or­der out of chaos and be­come the saviour of the sit­u­a­tion. The fu­ture of our na­tion is be­ing re­solved by hu­man en­deav­our with ac­cu­sa­tions, hos­til­ity and di­vi­sions.

We pre­fer to rely on our elected politi­cians rather than trust our re­li­able, sta­ble and lov­ing God who wants the best for us, our fam­i­lies and our na­tion.

The Bi­ble is very clear that we should seek God’s wis­dom and right­eous­ness for our lead­ers and that we should pray for them to make sen­si­ble and wise de­ci­sions. Two verses tell us: 1. “Seek the pros­per­ity of the city where I have sent you as ex­iles. Pray to the Lord on its be­half for if it pros­pers you too will pros­per. ( Jeremiah 29: 7)

2. “I urge then that re­quests, prayers, in­ter­ces­sions and thanks­giv­ing be made for ev­ery­one – 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)

The sit­u­a­tion with Brexit seems des­per­ate and chaotic yet we choose to ig­nore the in­struc­tions given to us by God in the Bi­ble. Maybe now is the time to cry out to our wise, lov­ing God and ask Him to watch over us, re­store har­mony and be ev­i­dent in the poli­cies and de­ci­sions our lead­ers make on our be­half.

We can all pray for God’s in­ter­ven­tion with Brexit, call to our Saviour Je­sus Christ to redeem the mess we are in and ask the Holy Spirit to bring unity and har­mony back to this coun­try.

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