Tuesday, November 6, 2012

In God I Trust

Election Day 2012 has finally arrived! It was a long journey, but the trip will be over in a few hours and we will arrive at our destination. A lot of of good people have very different opinions about where our journey should end. One of the things that I love about America is that we have the freedom to have differing opinions. Personally, I think that has allowed our country to have checks and balances. If one party or another held on to power at every election, our balance would be skewed. Politicians are all human and have the weaknessed and temptations that all humans share. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Still, I have my own opinions about which candidate will take our country in the direction that I believe it should go. And I will exercise my right to vote. I will take the right seriously as honorable men and women have fought hard to give me this right. However, I do not believe that my destiny tomorrow is any different than my destiny today. That is because I know that God is in control no matter who is in the White House.

Daniel tells us that "he removeth kings, and setteth up kings". The Bible is full of examples of God guiding the hearts and minds of those in control of nations. A country with a ruler who seeks God's guidance will most certainly be blessed, but God is in control even when the person in charge does not acknowledge the very existance of God.

Max Lucado, an author that I highly admire, said it this way.

"Let us be people who vote ... but let us never think that God will be baffled by a November 6 outcome. God is not troubled by one who is conservative or liberal and He certainly never inclines His ear toward a donkey or an elephant," said Lucado.

I love that my God is never caught off guard. Even when I feel like the air has been kicked out of me, when I can find no positive spin, God is already moving ahead with His master plan. For me, that is what keeps me from full panic mode when I listen to the politicians at work. They are all well-intentioned people, but they are human, just like me. They are capable of mistakes, errors in judgement, selfishness, and giving in to temptation - just as I am. Even the candidate that I choose will have days when I wonder what he was thinking. But I never have to wonder about God. He never rests and he is always working for my good, the good of my children, and even the good of my country. Granted, His definition of "good" may not always make sense to me, but I have faith that He sees a bigger picture that I am capable of and He will guide our country in the direction that He desires, no matter who is in charge.

I am proud to be an American. I am so thankful to be born in a country where I can voice my opinion without fear of retribution. On days like this, when our fellow Americans join together at the polls, my heart is full of joy and excitement. Americans love a good competition and this election promises to bring us a photo finish, according to the pollsters. But, no matter what, I will rest safe in the assurance that my status as a child of God will never change, no matter what the results of an election might be. My God will continue to sit on the throne and His grace and mercy will continue to rain down on those who love Him. May God continue to bless America!