When I sat down to write my article for this month, I didn’t plan to write about the recent election results or the aftermath of those results. In fact, I wanted to stay far from it. I wasexhausted of hearing about the election, talking about it, and perhaps even weary of praying about it. However, I was convicted of my complacency, because I know my God desires to use every event in this life to draw us closer to Him. We should not fatigue of seeking how He would want to use us or in sharing what He is doing in our lives. So, I am sharing with that intent…simply to show how God is using this election in my life.
As with many Americans, this election was quite difficult for me. I truly wrestled with who I should support and at different times during the campaign found things in each candidate that I considered voting for and many things I felt I needed to vote against. In the end, I cast my vote for an independent. But, even in doing so, I wasn’t sure if I made the proper choice since I knew the candidate I voted for had no chance of winning and that my vote would have no impact on the greater Democrat/Republican race.
When the results came in, I was admittedly surprised. I did not feel joy or sorrow nor did I feel hope or fear. I was just befuddled, as I had presumed a much different outcome. Through this entire election process, I have known “the Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all” (Psalm 103:19). I have known that the winner of the election would be no surprise to Him, for “He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings” (Daniel 2:21). I have known that He can use sinful, even downright evil men and women to accomplish His purposes. Better yet, I know He can take sinful and even downright evil men and women and turn their hearts toward Him. He did this for me, and I still stand amazed at His grace and love in doing so.
It is this knowledge of God’s character and trust in His goodness that allows me, although confused, to be confident the Lord will use Mr. Trump to accomplish His purposes. “Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,” (Isaiah 46:8-10). I may not know how God will accomplish this, but I commit to praying for Mr. Trump, for God to give him wisdom of the Spirit and a changed heart. I commit to not point fingers, pass blame, or stand in a place of judgment. I commit to asking the Lord to give me and all of us more of His Spirit so we can better be His hands and feet here…in this time, in this place, under this presidency. I am praying He can show us how to welcome and bring hope to our refugee neighbors, how to serve and be a friend to the poor and marginalized, how to be a voice for the voiceless, how to encourage the downtrodden, and how to increase and unify the body of Christ in the truth of His Word and the sacrificial love of His Gospel.
“May you be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy” (Colossians 1:9-11).
By Katie Miller
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