"PRAY AND VOTE"

I don’t have the ability or the time to send out a lengthy devotional this week but I do want to write a few lines about this upcoming election. No, I’m not going to tell you who to vote for. I am determined to keep this post a politics-free zone. But I am concerned about all the anxiety I see emanating from so many of you…on both sides of the political spectrum. My advice is to focus on the One who sits on the throne, not on whoever may occupy the White House. Administrations come and go; nations rise and fall. But “Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8. All this talk of change can be very disquieting, but I have determined to place my hope in Christ. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33.
Scripture doesn’t talk much about how we should elect our leaders. However, it does have something to say about how our Leader elected us! “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…” – Ephesians 1:4-5. It also describes our inaugural ceremony. “At that time men will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.” – Mark 13:36. So what should God’s elect be doing in the meantime? “Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure.” – 2Peter 1:10.
My recommendation is two-fold: Pray and vote. “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” –Romans 13:1. In this country to a certain extent, we the people have been given authority. We need to use the authority we have been given and do so as God directs. Ask Jesus for guidance and mark your ballot accordingly. In the name of Jesus we have also been given spiritual authority. Let’s also pray for whatever designs the enemy has invested in this election to be thwarted and for God’s will to prevail. Indeed there is much at stake this time around. But no matter what the outcome, we can rest in the knowledge that “…our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 3:20. And His name will not be followed by an (R) or a (D).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7. My sincere prayer for us all over the next several days is that, no matter what happens, we may know His incomparable peace!

Bill, a child of God, victorious in His election

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