Are you anxious about this election?
Here are ten Scriptures to give you peace of mind (read them all sedulously for full effect).
The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord. (Proverbs 16:33)
God matters, his gravitas outweighs whatever plans humans have devised for the next 4 years. Isaiah writes of God’s transcendant majesty, compared to which all nations including our own are as insignificant as dust on the scales:
2 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
13 Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord,
or what man shows him his counsel?
14 Whom did he consult,
and who made him understand?
Who taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?
15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.
16 Lebanon would not suffice for fuel,
nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
17 All the nations are as nothing before him,
they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
Whoever is selected the next “leader of the free world” is completely under God’s just dominion. Many great leaders of the past have acknowledged this. Take Nebuchadnezzar for example:
34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” (Daniel 4:34-35)
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart. To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. (Proverbs 21:1-3)
God’s purposes will not be thwarted regardless of who wins the election. He will continue to do all that he pleases:
2 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. (Psalm 115:2-4)
God’s purpose to exalt himself among the nations will be accomplished through this election as it always has in the past:
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:8-10)
16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” (Romans 9:16-17)
This is great news for those who trust in Christ because his glory is our own:
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)
But until the day of glory arrives, this is what God wants us to do:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:1-6)
And beneath it all he promises that it will be well for those who love him:
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
So if you love God, relax! Whatever the outcome of this election may be, he has committed all his omnipotent power to turn it for your good. Cast your vote, canvas for your candidates, debate with your friends, pray that all those in power would use their power for good. Then trust in the Sovereign Lord to do what is right.
If you don’t love God, be anxious to love him! Whether or not your candidate wins, God will be exalted and a day is coming when he will remove all authorities and firmly establish his righteous dominion. You can become a citizen of His country now by believing in his chosen ruler, the Christ.
Questions? Comments? Contentions? Leave me a note in the comments please!
November 5, 2012 at 10:27 am
Hiya Chris, nice post!
Do you know that China will also elect its leader this week? Think about the probability these two great countries elect their leader almost at the same time! While China have leadership rotation every 10 years, that means the next time it would be on the same year with the US election will be in 2032. The shape and course of world leadership for the next 5-10 years will be determined this week.
I pray for China’s next leaders, and as the country’s growth became source of innumerable corruption, the people will realize that their leader doesn’t have all the answer for all their problems, more and more people will try to find God, and many will came to know Christ, and acknowledge that only Christ that could save China and her people.
November 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm
Thanks Benny! I did not know that China is also electing its leader this week, thanks for bringing it to my attention!
I will pray with you.