If there’s one thing satan loves, it’s to make Christians ineffective.
He’ll use all sorts of ways to beat us down to the point we can’t function – distractions, busyness, etc. But one of his greatest weapons is fear. And specifically, he’s using fear of the outcome of this election to drive a whole bunch of us Christians to a place where we are simply useless to the kingdom. I feel like so many of us are going through our day resembling Henny Penny:
Now let me just be real here: I’ve had to reassess my focus during this election season. I have found myself at times letting fear of the future overtake the reality of the present. But thanks to some wise words from other writers and a lot of prayer I can honestly say I’m OK with whoever wins. That person may not be my choice, but after reading and rereading Romans 13:1 I know the next President is God’s choice.
As we Christians face the days ahead, we need to hold on to the truths found in God’s Word. When you find yourself fearful of November 9th, read these words found in Scripture:
“Let everyone be subject 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)
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.” (1 Peter 2:13-15)
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32)
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
“The Lord is no my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6)
Memorize one of these verses, or pick your own because repeating scripture in times of fear is one of the best weapons we have against the enemy.
And for heaven’s sake, let’s stop being so dang scared of who is going to win and what is going to happen after they do. Let’s be about the business of sharing the gospel and giving people around us hope instead of joining in their despair. Get up! Be excited about the day! Look to the future with great expectation! For our hope, our salvation, our joy will never come from what a President can give us. The truth is that whatever an earthly king may give us will always be fleeting, but what our heavenly king gives us is eternal.
And that, fellow Christians – eternity – should be our focus on November the 8th, November the 9th, and all the days that follow. I’m not saying the election isn’t important – it is. I follow politics fairly closely and am aware of all the implications that come with the winning side (Supreme Court nominations, 2nd Amendment rights, etc.) But shouldn’t we be more concerned with who we will bring to know Christ and share eternity with us than who lives in the White House for a few years?
Focusing on eternity brings an earthly peace that cannot be bought, earned or explained. But I’m here to tell you that peace is real – it’s powerful – and it’s available.