I didn’t post Tuesday night. Time got away from me, but I really didn’t feel like writing anything. To be completely forthright, I allowed myself to become anxious over the results of the election.
I thought I had it handled. Thought I was trusting completely in the Lord for His will no matter the results. If He wanted my candidate to win, great. If not, He had a plan. Win, win. No reason to get anxious at all.
But as the night wore on, I found myself dreading even looking at the status of the counts. And I began to wonder why. It took me until last night to fully understand. Actually, I think it took until last night before I was finally able to admit it.
I had just finished reading an excellent post on the election by a friend of mine, Caralyn of BeautyBeyondBones.com. Visit her site and read it here.
By the way, while you’re there, take the time to look around and read her other posts. God has given her great insight and talent, and she’s faithful to share them.
Anyway, when speaking about the possibility of a Biden/Harris administration and their lack of support for Christian values, she said this: “Perhaps it will spur in the church an overwhelming desire to return to worship and bring people home to Jesus. And in that case, I guess that would be the greatest election outcome of all.”
I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve gotten too used to thinking how I think things should be instead of what God wants. He does things His way from an eternal viewpoint with the intent to bring as many people as possible to redemption through His Son. I should be focused on that with the attitude that nothing else matters as long as His will is done, and He’ll see to that.
Do my part, certainly. Be aware of what those running for governmental office stand for and vote for those that espouse His values. But don’t forget that He is in control of everything. Don’t be dismayed by anything that happens, but look at circumstances to see how He’s working them together for our good and His glory.
Sure, I think it would be easier to accomplish some things with a government that supported morality, but God may know something different. He wasn’t limited by the ancient Roman government, nor is He by current foolish ideas of man such as socialism or communism.
The Apostle Paul told Timothy that “no one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:4. Not that we don’t participate in life, but we keep our focus on Christ, not our circumstances.
I’d allowed myself to forget that our reason for being here is not to invest in this temporary life, but to build a relationship with Him and help others do the same. All circumstances, good and bad, can be used by Him to do just that.
The message I’ve received from all of this is my title to this post. Fear not and wait. Don’t worry about what happens. Just watch and see what God does with it. And be ready to move if He asks me to participate in some way. Otherwise, wait on Him.
As my friend Caralyn is fond of saying, “Just do the next good thing.”
I don’t know how all of this election mess will turn out. But I do know it hasn’t taken Him by surprise.
It is all part of His plan. And He will use it for His glory.
That’s good enough for me.
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3 thoughts on “Fear Not and Wait”
I loved : “I don’t know how all of this election mess will turn out. But I do know it hasn’t taken Him by surprise..”
Knowing nothing takes Him by surprise has been one of the convictions I’m holding on to. This past week I felt the reality of how we as Christians have turned away from God. And consequences will always follow, even within God’s grace.
There was a moment last week where I felt our country calling for the release of barrabas, and it broke my heart. I have to keep reminding myself that God is still King. He’s still on his throne. Thank you for writing this 🙏🏻
Wow. Thank you so much for saying that, Giuli. I’ve had to remind myself lately, more than once.
I know how you feel. I was reading another blog post whose author was describing some of the “celebrations” that have been occurring. I don’t begrudge others their time in the sun, but I only wish the possible consequences of these circumstances weren’t so dire. But whatever happens, I know it’s part of His plan. And perhaps He’s helping us work on our faith through the process by making us wait and watch. Remember 2 Chronicles 20:17. “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you.” He’s got this. He’ll meet us on the other side. And we’ll be better for it.
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