Finally, Election Day is here!!! Many have said that this election season has been the most divisive in our lifetime. As I write this, I do not know how the election has turned out. That being said, we as Followers of Jesus need to remind ourselves that no matter how this election turns out--God is still in control. He is the One who governs over the affairs of the people as the Psalmist reminds us. “Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously and govern the nations on earth. Selah (meaning contemplate, meditate or find rest in this) (Psalm 67:4)
Some could say that is a pretty carefree attitude to have considering so much is on the line in this election. But remember the apostle Paul tells us:
“Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, 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 through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:5-7)
“Gentleness” could be translated “forbearance” meaning an attitude of patient endurance, the opposite of panic and dismay. “The Lord is at hand” gives us the assurance that nothing catches Him off guard. He is totally aware of the events not only in our lives but also in our country. “Be anxious for nothing” implies that we are to trust Him in all things. We are to trust Him even in our dismay and fear. “Prayer and supplication” could simply mean the cries of the unsettled who bring their “requests” to an all-knowing and all-powerful God. “With thanksgiving” is another conclusion we come to through our trust in Him. We can praise Him in the midst of the chaos in our hearts. Then by making our “requests” to Him and sharing our troubled heart with Him, we can leave all matters in His hands and then experience a “peace” from Him that “surpasses” our “understanding” of all matters. “Guards our hearts and minds through Jesus Christ” is the remedy for a racing mind and an anxious heart. Bottomline is that God is in control no matter how a vote turns out or who wins an election.
So, what do we do after the votes have been counted and the election is over? We pray for those who win the seats of our government. We pray that light would overcome the darkness. We pray that truth would dispel deception. And we continue to pray for our nation that God’s Spirit would move across our country bringing men, women, boys and girls to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as we continue to remember that “Jesus Is Our Lead Story.”