In God We Trust
“The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” Proverbs 21:1
Election Day is a big day in the United States and one in which millions will cast their vote for who they think is the best candidate to lead our country. TV advertising has been played again and again on all the major networks to try and sway voters for whom they should vote. Political signs are seen on almost every corner and they display the names of those in whom people have placed their hope. New this year, is the onslaught of text messages coming from political candidates and presidential hopefuls. I also personally received a voicemail from a candidate I never gave my number to, but I am sure someone sold it to him somewhere along the line. The internet is overrun with political ads and there have been and continue to be hundreds of hours of broadcasting that will provide updates on the latest election results.
I imagine as you read this, you will be up to date on who has won and who has not. You will either be elated, disappointed, or simply glad the political ads will stop airing while you are trying to enjoy some downtime. I remember when I was in my 20s, I took an interest in politics and read a lot of books to help me understand the time I lost while not paying attention in my high school Civics and US Government classes. My wife knows I can become obsessed with things and it is hard for me to let them go at times. I became involved in political Facebook wars and even engaged people who were part of my fantasy football league. I seemed to care more about how people were politically inclined than I cared about their eternal destiny. I saw hope in politics, but I quickly became disappointed when my particular party did not win.
In all reality, I woke up the next morning and not a whole lot had changed from one day to the next. As the years went on, I did notice some changes that took place, and while those changes were disappointing, it made me realize that I could not put my hope in the government or the political landscape. I had made an idol out of politics and spent more time learning about politics than I did gaining knowledge about my God. The truth of the matter is that God is in control of all things, and He is not surprised or concerned by which candidate gets elected. His power is not altered in any way by who is in political power here on earth. I have come to know that my hope is found only in Jesus Christ. Psalm 39:7 states, “And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.” My hope is not in the highest office of the United States, but I rest in the fact that God is all-powerful and He sets up whomever He wishes.
In what or whom is your hope today? Has your soul become noisy with the possibility of who will take office or how they will affect our country? Have you allowed your heart to be captivated by politics instead of giving your heart to God? Are you nervous or are you resting in the One who never changes? Philippians 4:6-7 states, “Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Are you taking your requests to the One who controls all or are you complaining to those who can change nothing? May we posses the peace of God that this world desperately seeks, and may we not trust in man for our future. This is the time for us to be light in a dark world, and may we shine with the hope that is eternal. “In God We Trust” is inscribed in our currency, but it may be inscribed on our hearts.
Stay in the fight!