The Morning After
For some, the morning after an election could be better stated, “The Mourning After.” Wherever you land after yesterday’s election, mourning or morning, I wanted to share something with you. I heard from a friend this morning that she was headed to the library to read her Bible. I told her, “When you get there, there is a message in Colossians 2:5 from me.” She said she would check it out. Colossians 2:5 (NIV) says this:
“For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with
you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how
firm your faith in Christ is.”
My friend is only a year old in her walk with Jesus, but her discipline in going to the Word shows growth and maturity. Whether our candidate won or lost the election of 2016, the first thing we should all be opening the morning after is the Good Book. Many times, we are more tempted to open Facebook. Oh sure, it’s interesting to see all the comments, those jubilant, and those devastated. But there’s no big surprise there. Almost to a person, we already knew who was supporting whom. And I was reminded in Bible study this morning, “We are not electing a Savior.” Our Savior was sent to this world over 2,000 years ago. Jesus’ work was finished on the Cross at Calvary. Yes, we are still here, continuing to walk out this life, waiting for His return, but until then, Jesus is where our focus should be. I’m not saying we shouldn’t get involved in the politics of our nation, and get out there and vote! I did! But what I’m saying is, Hillary and Trump are not where our faith lies. Our faith lies in Jesus Christ. God has a plan with every person He places in authority over the nations. He’s working it all toward the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are citizens of Heaven, not just citizens of the United States.
As the election was getting closer, I was reading and praying through 1 Timothy 2:1-6, and specifically for “kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” This is what God’s Word tells us to do. Obama and Hillary both gave heartfelt, encouraging speeches after Trump’s win. All three of them want us to be united together as a country now that this presidential race is finished.
When Searching And Noticing the Divine the morning after whatever “race” we are running, let’s follow the example of this new believer, and look first to the Word of Truth for our security. Throughout election day I thought, “Our Father in Heaven already knows who is going to win this election.” We were the ones who had to stay up late watching the numbers add up with each individual state—Red or Blue. But now, let’s all stand together under the Red, White and Blue of one nation, under God, indivisible—being disciplined and firm in our faith in Christ. Let’s get our hope, our vision, and our peace from the Bible while praying for our country.
“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;
He turns it wherever he will.”
Proverbs 21:1 ESV