“Do not fret because of evildoers.”
~ Psalm 37:1 (NASB)
After we’ve prayed and voted, what do we do while we wait? Since I found myself fretting over the election the above verse came to mind. Below is an excerpt from Give Yourself a Break. If this election has stirred your pot, I hope you can draw strength and comfort from God’s Word.
Someone has said that we don’t know God is all we need until God is all we have. Throughout history God has used evil people in authority to remind His people to look to Him.
Many of God’s attributes comfort me in pain and confusion. His unconditional love for me, His wisdom, His foreknowledge, and His power all bring hope. Because He has those qualities, knowing He is sovereign over everything that touches me allows me to rest. No injustice slips by Him unnoticed. And if He allowed it, He is using it for His glory and my good.
If the turbulence on an airplane gets particularly rough, I watch the flight attendant. If she is calm, then I relax. As children of the living God, we take our cues from our heavenly Father. When I see He’s not worried about what’s rattling my world, I have confidence. He is on the throne.
Getting Your Cue From Scripture:
- “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, ‘Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.’ The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, ‘I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain’ ” (Psalm 2:1-6).
- “The Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of people” (Daniel 4:17).
- “…there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God” (Romans 13:1).
- “For Scripture says to Pharaoh: ‘I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth’ ” (Romans 9:17).
Ongoing agitation leads to bad decisions and sin. God tells us to replace fretting with praying.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
If you haven’t voted and you’re reading this before the poles close, I urge you to vote for candidates that support religious freedom, life, marriage, and Israel—in other words, biblical values (see Proverbs 14:34). Vote and then keep praying for our leaders and nation all year.God has so wired the universe that our prayers make a difference. Click To Tweet
They enter the capitals and classrooms of the world and influence rulers. And connecting with God over our concerns changes us and pleases Him. We remember who is on the throne.
Your turn: What helps you keep your peace of mind?
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Debbie W. Wilson
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