I am writing this before the USA election is decided. In a few days or maybe hours, fifty percent of the population will be disappointed. I don’t know which side of the fence you are on, but I’ve been thinking how I want to respond regardless of the outcome.
“The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.”
I first want to remember who is ultimately in control. Our God has not changed; he has not gone to sleep, he isn’t distracted or inattentive.
“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.”
Secondly, it is my responsibility to submit to and honor the one who we will call president. Scripture tells us that he is placed by God, when we don’t honor him, we rebel against what God has instituted.
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.”
1 Timothy 2:1-4
Finally, and most importantly, I need to pray and intercede for him, whoever it might be. It will benefit not only our president and his advisors but also enable me to have a peaceful and quiet life.
This is an important time in our nation. Not so much because of the election, but because this time reveals who we are. What kind of people will we be? It seems that is the really important challenge of this time!