GO DEEPERMuch like seeing the tip of an iceberg, often only a small part of what God is doing is visible. God chose to send the Israelites into captivity in Babylon for 70 years to accomplish His purpose in them — which was purity and devotion to God. After this difficult yet purposeful time, God promised to return them back to their true home, proving Himself to be truthful and good.While there are many differences between the Israelites and us today, we both live as exiles and long for a better home. During this time of living in a broken, sinful world, God is accomplishing a purpose: “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9, NASB).Take this promise seriously this week by sharing the gospel message with someone who hasn’t repented toward Christ.Every time a conversation about the state of our nation arises, make the decision to bring up your faith and hope in God’s purposes.During this election season, it is easy to fall into worry about the future of our country and world. As the people of God, however, we know and trust that God has plans for those who love Him and have turned to Him in faith. Ultimately, we need not be afraid of the direction our country is going because we have set our hope on eternity in Heaven with God instead of on temporal things.During your daily prayer time this week, spend time talking to God about your future and hope in Heaven. Fixing our hope on the kingdom of God is the only way to live faithfully as Christians in our nation.