It is finally here, the day that everyone has been anticipating for months: Election Day. I’m not much for politics; I tend to avoid discussing them whenever I can. Despite my tendency to steer clear of the controversy, I felt a burden on my heart to try and share some hope in the midst of it all. In just a few hours we will find out who will be the face of our country for the next four years. That can seem pretty scary to say the least, but no matter the outcome we cannot forget that God is still in control!
Do you trust that God is in control? Do you trust that even in the midst of difficult circumstances God is watching over you? I tend to be an optimist by default, but I truly believe that no matter the outcome God can use this election to strengthen His people. He works all things together for good, not some things. All things! Often our definition of good as it is used in this verse might be synonymous with words such as painless, desirable, or uncomplicated. I don’t think that definition lines up with God’s though.
Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Suffering = perseverance = character = hope. This is why the presence of Christ is so powerful, even the very worst things that are thrown at us God uses to make us stronger. Look around at our country right now. Things like immorality, selfish ambition, and hatred can be seen all around. Character is lacking and many Christians are weak in their faith. What if some difficult times are exactly what our country needs to wake up and truly follow God?
I don’t know for sure that the outcome of this election will bring about such traumatic events, but what I am saying is even if it does, what is the worst that could happen? No one wants to suffer, but if suffering is for our best isn’t it worth it? Whatever the election results may be, we need to take every thought, worry, and opinion captive and look at it through the eyes of Christ.
My encouragement to those of you who are worrying about what may unfold over the next four years is this: remember whose side you are on. I’m not referring to political parties or presidential candidates. I am referring to the only one we can securely place our hope in: God. Do you believe you are on the winning side of this thing? Victory is ours, but victory never comes without a fight.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.