Albert Einstein observed, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” This epiphany can be one of life’s many rude awakenings. And it certainly seems truer than ever these days – the more the media tells us, the more we don’t know. We become more confused and less informed. All it does is play to our emotions and get us thinking with our feelings.
The only things we can know for sure are these:
No man is perfect.
None is righteous, no, not one. Romans 3:10
And only God knows all.
And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13
We cannot know a man’s heart, but we can know God’s heart through His Word. Thankfully, God knows the whole truth and has a plan. We can pray and ask Him for wisdom and discernment, which He promises in abundance (James 1:5).
However, we must be careful not to put too much confidence and trust in any leader to save us from our troubles. In Jesus’ day, the people looked forward to a political king who would save them from Roman bondage. Instead, Jesus was sent to save us all from spiritual bondage. But they didn’t see His plan. Jesus didn’t fit their misinterpretation of who the Messiah should be. Jesus wasn’t their plan.
They didn’t understand their primary need was for spiritual redemption, not political rescue.
Likewise, we don’t recognize that obedience to God’s ways is where blessing is found…
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12
America was founded on Christian principles and that is why it has been so blessed. If you need further convincing, read Psalm 106 (pay special attention to verses 29 & 38) for an overview of what happened to Israel when they swayed back and forth in their devotion to God.
So, if we’ll never know all the facts, and we can’t put our confidence in a leader, how then do we vote?
For me, it comes down to these two fundamental points:
- How will our religious freedom be affected? We must have religious freedom to worship and follow God as He planned. As we see in Psalms 106 and 33:12 above, when a nation follows God’s ways, He blesses. When they walk out from under His protection, they are open prey for evil to take over. They then face the natural consequences of their actions, including inviting God’s judgment (as we see in Psalm 106). God gave us commandments to follow as a blueprint, His plan for us for our good. Will we have freedom to follow them as He intended? Or will we be penalized for following them?
- How will the United States’ support of Israel be affected? God plannd from the beginning, “I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you… ” (Genesis 12:3). In addition, Psalm 122:6 also says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you…'”
If we continue to kick God out of our nation, we cannot expect His blessings. We must stop ignoring His laws.
Still, remarkably, our loving and faithful God has a plan for that too:
If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Notice this verse says nothing about who or what issues are involved or our opinions or feelings about them – just:
- seek Him and His ways
- turn from sin
- then He will hear
- restore their land
We can argue about the issues until eternity and never solve a thing. All it will do is divide, which is not His plan. We can blame our leaders for the problems in our society, but the bottom line is this:
If we repent and return to God’s plans, and if we are free to honor, obey and worship God unhindered, we can rest assured He will protect, prosper and bless us as a nation.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 16:33
Will you join me in seeking His will and plan?
Let’s vote by faith, not feelings.
When we do these things, He will take care of the rest.
Let’s pray together:
Father God, Thank You for providing this incredible nation. We ask You once again to forgive our sins and heal our land. We invite You back into our lives and into our nation (Revelation 3:20). Help us to follow You and Your plans again (Luke 10:27). We desperately need You. May we repent of our sins against You and may revival come to America. Father we pray for a leader who would allow us to follow and obey Your commands (Proverbs 16:7).
Please protect this election from voter fraud (Proverbs 10:9) and protect our nation from lies and deceit (Proverbs 10:2). Use what the enemy has intended for evil in our land to work for Your good purposes (Genesis 50:20). May their evil schemes be turned back on them (Psalm 54:5). May You continue to bless America so we can continue to be a blessing to the world (2 Corinthians 9:8). Lord, we pray for Your mercy on America through this election; we have put our hope in You; protect us day by day and save us in our time of trouble (Isaiah 33:2). In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
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