THE problems facing our country will not be solved by the despondency of those who lost the July 2013 elections or the gloating of the victors.What we are dealing with is far too important for us to waste time and energy in pointless pouting or unseemly revelry.
When the prophet Samuel went into a protracted time of mourning after King Saul met his demise in 1 Samuel 16, the Lord asked him how long he was going to mourn for Saul. There was nothing wrong with mourning for Saul. What was inappropriate was the length of time Samuel was at it, mourning as one who had no hope and putting off critical national work so he could have a good cry.
Gloaters are not given an easy pass either in the Word of God, being warned in Proverbs 24:17-18: “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Or the Lord will see it and be displeased, and turn His anger away from him.” For those who cannot resist the temptation to gloat, it is clearly not the way to invite God’s blessing on their work.