I have been particularly anxious this year about the presidential election, and the congressional elections as well. It probably hasn't helped that my dear hubby is watching Fox News hours each day, so I am constantly bombarded with voices talking about how dire the situation for our nation is and how much is at stake and on and on and on. I know it's all true, and at the same time, I feel very helpless and out of control.
However, last week, when I was again feeling a grip of fear in my chest about "what if?"the Lord brought to mind a verse. I know the Lord brought it to mind, because I didn't even know that I knew it.
He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
This verse reminds me that while I am quite helpless and certainly have control over nothing, my God is sovereign, and He is completely and totally in control. He knew the outcome of these elections long before the candidates decided to run. He sets up kings, and he deposes them. Nothing happens outside his perfect will.
We as a nation have not been faithful. Israel demanded a king, and God let them have their way. America may be in for the same lesson. I do not know.
But I do know this: even if this election does not end the way I want it to -- and I don't think it's going to -- it's OK. God is still God, he is still on his throne. We may be in for hard times ahead, but he is always faithful to his people. If we cry out to him, he will hear us.
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
2 Chronicles 7:14
So I prayed, and I voted, and I plan to turn in early tonight. I will find out the results in the morning, and will not lose sleep worrying about what is happening as the votes come in. It is in the Lord's hands, as are all things.
Sorry to anyone who just wanted to see pictures of the kids. I'll get some up soon, I promise!