This is an odd season in America. The past couple of months have seen more political bickering, arguing and debate than I can recall in all my years. The future of this country, many say, hangs in the balance. I have a friend who wrote me and several others on Facebook a few weeks ago asking:
Please pray for me friend…I am so concerned with this election and the future of our country that I am unsettled in my spirit and keeping headaches. I am surrounded by a lying spirit of fear and worry. Please stand in the gap for me. I covet your prayers.
I’ve heard this plea from friends on both side of the political fence. I feel a need to remind people, especially my brothers and sisters in Christ, of a few things we learn from the Bible.
Who Elects the President?
Daniel 2:20-22 is an incredible passage. First, let’s recap the story:
Nebuchadnezzar had been experiencing horrible dreams. He called forth every magician, seer, prophet, wise man and sideshow psychic in the kingdom and demanded not only that they tell him what the dream meant, but what the dream was! They failed, and so, he ordered them all killed. Daniel showed up and said, “Give me a night.” Daniel had a dream and then appeared before Nebuchadnezzar and said:
Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And light dwells with Him.
Later in Daniel 4:17, he says something similar:
This decision is by the decree of the watchers, and the sentence by the word of the holy ones, in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men
What Daniel says here, and what we really need to grasp, is that God establishes kings and rulers of men. In 4:17 we see that sometime God establishes bad/incompetent/stupid rulers (the lowest of men) in order to ensure the establishment of His will.
Why Do We Fear
God’s promises to us are numerous, but the one I want to focus on now is found in Deuteronomy 3:16. Here we read:
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
I’m not afraid because God’s promise is that He is always with me. I’ve heard that the phrase “Fear Not” (or some variation thereof) is found 365 times in the Bible; one for every day of the year. There are people who dispute this, but let me point this out: God only had to say “Let there be light” ONE TIME! He only needs to say “Fear Not” one time for us to know that, with God we have nothing to fear. Why? Because He promised He would never leave us or forsake us.
That is God’s promise. It doesn’t matter who gets elected. It doesn’t matter who doesn’t get elected. It doesn’t matter what laws get passed. It doesn’t matter what laws don’t get passed. Those circumstances don’t affect the truth the God is always with us.
So, for my friend and any other who might be fretting about the outcome of today’s election:
I pray that the Lord will bless you with peace that passes any human understanding. That by His Holy Spirit you will remember at all times that His perfect love casts out all fear, that by the stripes of Jesus we have been healed, and that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Further, I pray for you, as I have for my daughters every night of their lives, that God will give you peaceful rest and pleasant dreams and that you will wake in the morning refreshed, restored and renewed.
Finally, I pray you remember that it is not power, or money or even elections that bring men into power; it is God alone, for “He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others.” “…for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
He holds you, and all of us in His hand, and we have nothing to fear.
Don’t read this as me saying you shouldn’t vote, or even that it doesn’t matter if you do or do not vote. I’ve already spoken about that. If you are a citizen of this country, you have a responsibility to vote. Nor am I saying that evil leaders are necessarily God’s will. But what God wills and what God allows might be two different things (See the nation of Israel and the appointment of Saul as king.) The point here is that you and I can know that, no matter what happens, God is with us. So tonight when either Romney or Obama is elected, be careful of putting your faith in one or reviling and lamenting the election of the other. God’s will is for you to know that you are not alone, and that He alone rules in the affairs of men.