Our choices for President are down to two: Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. How does this make you feel? Does it sound like it should represent the horsemen of the apocalypse? Do you feel that you must vote for one of them or you’re dooming our future to an even darker fate? Christians should never be sucked into this way of thinking. Let me explain…
Some have pointed out that the best way to enjoy a nice November day is not to cast a vote for one of the two ‘evils’ that have climbed to the top of our nation’s ballot box. Oddly enough, our country seems united in agreement on this! But we’re divided over whether or not we need to vote (regardless of how pleasant the day turns out to be).
I was reading in the Psalms today and came across this often quoted verse:
“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 48:10
But did you know that there was more to the verse? It goes on:
“I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Our dark hours are just that, hours! Sorrow may last for the night, but will be driven out in the morning light.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah. Psalm 48:2-7
Trump may triumph this November. Hillary may win the election. One of these outcomes will happen, no matter how much we twist in anxious thought about the future. But for God’s people, the true, underground Church, the future is certain and fixed.
The mountains may crumble, the sea may foam, nations may go to war … But our God is entirely sovereign and He sets the limits:
Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah. Psalm 48:8-11
I am confident in saying that neither Hillary or Donald fear the Lord, nor serve Him. So, their “rule” is going to be a vain thing regardless of the policies they claim to espouse. I am, however, also entirely sure that despite their foolish rebellion of heart, God is the one who will use their sinfulness to bring desolations on this earth to prune for the harvest.
All suffering for Christians is to bring them closer to the image of the perfect bride in anticipation of the Wedding Feast. At this time in America, the church is soiled with materialism and a false sense of persecution. That will undoubtedly change. And then, though there will be suffering, it will be brought to an end by the true and rightful ruler of all things!
Be still! And know that there is One God who is our fortress!