This year was only my third election, and the first time I was able to vote in person (other times I was out of state). I was actually a bit nervous to fill out my ballot. I had to pause, and pray over each candidate and my decision. And I also lifted up a prayer for the nation. Because no matter who won, there would be people upset. So where do we go from here? I believe that now, more than ever, is the time to kneel, pray, heal, and act.
My Help Comes from the Lord
A Song of Ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
The aftermath of the election is spoiled with anger, tension, hate, and fear. While there are voices that are calling for peace, patience, and understanding, as sinners, it’s easier to give into the hurt and hate.
If you are in a place of fear, hurt, or anger, please take a moment to meditate on and take comfort in Psalm 121 (quoted above). The election is over and we can pout and shout. But what we whisper to God in prayer speaks louder than what we shout at each other.
The president may be president, but he is not the Creator of the world. He does not personally know me like God does. He does not hear my cry when I call.
Man needs sleep. God does not. He is ever-watchful and relentlessly looks after us because He is our keeper.
Day or night, God is there to protect you. Life isn’t suddenly a bed of roses when you call on God, but He will give you the strength to endure and persevere.
The president has a finite number of years he serves. God is with you until the end.
Never have I been more convinced to pray for our political leaders. Will you join me in calling out to God and praying for our local, regional, and national leaders?