In these tumultuous political days, we hear that people are so involved in political feelings and predictions that their own health—physical and psychological—suffers from it. There are people who feel that everything will collapse if the other candidate wins. I have heard less frequently of people who will leave this country if one or the other candidate leaves and I concluded that it is mainly a thing said in Hollywood circles.
In the stormy days of our earthly lives, what are our spiritual anchors? In one of our hymns we sing, “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
As I was listening and reflecting on the circumstances of our current day, two verses came to mind. One concerns the events in our individual lives and one has do with circumstances in political/governmental life.
The first verse is about Job. When he was afflicted with boils and lost everything he loved, his wife had a solution: “Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9) I am sure that Job’s wife had many wonderful gifts and offered many splendid pieces of advice, but that was not one of them. It is in the most difficult moment of his life that Job says, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, may the Name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21) Many of us can see the sovereignty of God when our life is loaded with divine blessings. In those moments, it is easy to sing that “God is so good, He’s so good to me!” Yet, almost all of us have to admit that we struggle with the verse from Romans that says all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
The other verse has to do with those who are in government. The mighty king Nebuchadnezzar looked around and said to himself, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30) The Bible tells us that he lost his power and his position in a second because he did not give glory to God for his accomplishments.
The prophet Daniel writes these words as a lesson for Nebuchadnezzar and for us, “Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.” (Daniel 4:25, 32)
This election will be decided by the democratic vote and the electoral vote. But in a sovereign way, God already knows who will win and will not be surprised by the winner. We need to take our civic responsibility seriously, but God will be with us no matter who is in the White House. This does not take away our responsibility nor the process by which the person will come to the White House. If the presidency is achieved through iniquity, that is not a good foundation for leadership. If the process is just, the presidency will flourish for both the president and the country.