Today we will vote in our next President. And as we all realize, there is a lot at stake and the outcome will have far reaching implications.
But there is something I’ve observed during every election cycle that is a matter that I believe is much farther reaching:
Each election cycle reveals something to us: US.
It reveals who we are truly putting our trust in.
When we freak out over who might get in and what he or she will do, it shows we truly don’t believe God is in control.
Now, there is no one more passionate than me about the issues facing our nation and the direction it will go after today’s results, but my goal in writing to you today is to help put our trust back where it belongs. In God.
Does anyone remember, “In God we trust?”
Therefore, today, rather than endorsing a candidate I want to endorse the sovereignty of God! I know that may sound Pollyanna, but it’s not. It is ultimately where your peace will come from.
This DOES NOT mean not to vote. God always does what He is going to do through people. He could have delivered His people from Egypt with no help, but He chose to use Moses. He could have fed His people during the famine in Egypt, (which He proved by causing quail to fall from the sky in the desert), but he raised up Joseph. He could have caused the city of Ninevah to repent by simply appearing to the king, but He used Jonah, and a fish, instead. The only thing He couldn’t do through a human was to save us from our sins – unless it was Him. And that’s what He did. He came to the earth as a man and died for our sins.
So, God does His will through people – and in a Constitutional Republic, which we are, He does it through your prayers and your vote.
So, what does the Bible say about the only Candidate who can save us from our mess:
“No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves. It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.” Psalm 75:6-7
Because this is true, it gives the believer the ability to pray, vote, then rest. Rest in faith no matter what happens. God knows all and has a plan.
A great example of this is Daniel, a teenage boy who was taken captive during the Babylonian invasion, and was chosen to be an advisor to a pagan king. In fact, he ended up serving four kings over a sixty-year period. This gave him a front row seat to the sovereignty of God. This is what he wrote:
“And He (God) changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings.” Daniel 2:21
The most dramatic example of this in Daniel’s day was the last king he served – Cyrus. Isaiah, the prophet, prophesied one hundred years before Cyrus was even born that he, a pagan king, would declare the restoration of Jerusalem!
Now, it would be one thing for God to say there would be a king – one hundred years before he was born – who would do this, but He called him by his name! (Isaiah 45:1-6)
So, though today is an intense day for our nation, and though passions are running high and the fear of what our future might look like is at a fever pitch, let’s remember who we are and Who we are putting our trust in.
If you will do this, the peace it produces in your heart will be the greatest witness to everyone around you that you serve a God Who you believe is in control.
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.” Psalm 118:8-9