So here we are as a nation, in the waning hours of the 2016 elections. Like many of you, when I got out of work today I drove to the local polling location and cast my vote. Only my wife and a couple of very close friends know how I voted, and I plan to keep it that way. So as the country gathers around news feeds or televisions waiting to see who will get “called” the winner for each state and then ultimately the country; I want to ask, “Are you at peace?”
I am writing this in my living room where my youngest is building block towers, my daughter is watching “Frozen” again, and the older boys are in the kitchen finishing up some school work with my wife. While I am curious to find out how the election turns out, I am also totally at peace about it. Certainly there are platforms and positions that I would prefer to see move forward, but they are not the most important thing. No matter the outcome of this election, there are a few things that remain the same.
The Lord God is still on His throne – Lamentation 5:19 “But you, O Lord, reign forever; your throne endures to all generations.”
The Lord raises up and casts down rulers – Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.”
The Lord is Unchanging – Isaiah 54:10 “`For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
As a Christian, Jesus has paid for my sins and restored me to relationship with God. This means that I am at peace with God. Everything else fades in comparison. Christians are called to proclaim the love of God and the restoration of relationship with Him through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.
I would like to ask a few questions for you to ponder that I have been asking myself. Do you give the eternal fate of your family, friends, and neighbors as much attention as you have paid to this election? Do you think of how to serve God as often as you think of how earthly government functions? Does the prospect of one candidate over another cause you to worry and fret about earthly things (i.e. retirement accounts, social programs, etc.)? Are you letting external circumstances affect your internal peace? If so why?
God is not sitting in heaven wringing His hands, working on a Plan B. He has ordained this day and has set in motion long ago who He will raise up to rule. God operates from a Kingdom perspective, not a country perspective.
How about you? Do you live your life from a Kingdom perspective? Are you an American that happens to be Christian, or are you a Christian that happens to live in America? We are called to be the light to the world, not to form a perfect nation. We should always want our nation to follow God’s way, but we must always live out His calling in our lives.
So trust that God is in control, and rest in that knowledge.
Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”