Well, it's finally here. The day that the last four years have been leading up to. We are going to choose the person that will lead our country for the next 4-8 years.
Needless to say, a lot of people get extremely, uhh let's say "excited," about their candidate. I heard a story on the news this morning called "A House Divided." The reporter was talking to an older woman as they looked through a photo album. The woman had two sons — one son was pro-Trump and the other, you guessed it, was pro-Clinton. They both were famous in the political world, often arguing with each other on television. Of course, this broke their mother's heart. For a period of time, the two brothers weren't even speaking. They have now reconciled, but they still are on opposing sides, much to their mother's dismay.
Is it really worth it? Is this election worth losing friends and family? Is it worth hurting those we love over differing opinions? I don't think it really is, and I don't think God does either. There are countless verses that talk about God doing what he pleases and having a plan for the world. Don't believe me? Please, let me show you:
"From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done."
Isaiah 43:13 NLT
"The Lord does whatever pleases him throughout all heaven and earth, and on the seas and in their depths."
Psalm 135:6 NLT
"Our God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes."
Psalm 115:3 NLT
"I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you."
Job 42:2 NLT
God has a purpose for everything he does. And you know what, we aren't going to understand it. God says in Isaiah 55:8-9, "My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts... And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." As Christians, we should pray that we can be okay with GOD'S decision, whether we like it or not. Then, we have to obey the leader as long as we aren't going against what God tells us in His Word. Jesus tells us this in Romans 13:1 :
"Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed by God."
So, no matter what happens in 2016, keep in mind that God has had it planned for all eternity. So, yes, who you vote for is important. Just don't get so wrapped up in the presidential election that you forget who the true King is....
"My hope is in You, Lord
All the day long, I won't be shaken by drought or storm
A peace that passes understanding is my song
And I sing my hope is in You, Lord"