Thankful in an Election Year

 

This year is an election year. Many of you have already gone to vote and many are probably heading that way this week. Do you feel the tension of an election year? I know that I do. I get so frustrated and bothered. It seems like most people I know have said, “Well, I am going to go vote for the lesser of two evils.” In fact, that seems to be the statement I hear most often in an election year. We sit in our chairs, fill out the form, look over it twice, and then let out a sigh as we walk over to turn it in.

Here is what I am thankful for: the election year to remind me about the sovereignty of God. We are in some hard times. It seems that God-fearing government leaders are slim pickings. We wonder, what is the future of our nation? We look to our kids and wonder what it will be like for them. It seems fear has snuck into our hearts and we are becoming uncomfortable. What can we hold on to? The answer is God, our true King.

Can you imagine being an Israelite in the days of captivity? Can you imagine hearing from the older folk how King David was a mighty warrior and how Solomon brought great wealth to the nation and then wonder why you are living in such hard times? Can you imagine being the average Israelite that never heard the audible voice of God and knowing that you are living in a foreign land with a foreign King? Would you ask yourself the same questions? What does our future look like? Yet, could we be faithful and still say Yahweh is our God? Read this:

“Thus says the LORD to Cyrus His anointed, whom I have taken by the right hand, To subdue nations before him And to loose the loins of kings; To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:

“I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.

“I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden wealth of secret places, So that you may know that it is I, The LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.” Isaiah 45:1-3

God placed Cyrus as ruler? God had a purpose.

Or could you imagine being a Christian in an era when the Emperor could have you killed in a coliseum? Can you imagine death by lions, tigers, brutal crucifixion, or having your head cut off? Still in light of those circumstances, you receive a letter and then come to this as you hear it read:

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Romans 13:1

Now, bring yourself back to 2012 in the United States. Have things been bad before? Yes, they have. Who was in control in both of those eras? God was. Who is in control over the election year of 2012 for the United States? God is. Does this mean that we need to be passive and not vote? No, God has given you a facet to elect. Who really elects? God will.

Here is the true hope given by our true leader. This earth is not our home and if we truly follow our God, then whether we live in providence or in suffering we know that this isn’t it. God also has purposes, one of which is to draw us to dependence on Him.

Whoever the president may be, I am glad that this election year has reminded me of the sovereignty of God!

 

 

Ryan Thomason works with Transform Student Ministries as the product development and events coordinator. He has voluntarily served Precept Ministries for close to 10 years before coming on staff full time. He has interned with their media department in 2008 and with the student ministry in 2009. He has lived in Guatemala to learn Spanish.

“I have become its servant, according to God’s administration that was given to me for you, to make God’s message fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints.” Colossions 1:25-26

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