Post-election blues

Well, the election did not go the way some of us wanted, and there are varying degrees of feelings about that.

I’ve been heartened, though, to see on Facebook and various peoples’ blogs reminders that “promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another” (Psalm 75:6-7) and “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes” (Psalm 118:8-9). I wonder if we would be reminding ourselves of those things if the candidate that we wanted had won? I think as Christians we can fall into the trap of “trusting in man” when the “right” candidate wins. Perhaps the Lord will use this to call us to greater prayer and dependence on Him.

And we have to remember that just because Obama was elected doesn’t mean he will automatically be able to do everything he wants to do. Study the issues, be aware (maybe even more aware than you would otherwise have been), write to him and to your representatives, using your voice and influence in those issues which concern you. And above all else, as I mentioned yesterday, pray “for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (I Timothy 2:2). If I remember correctly, Paul wrote that while either Nero or one of the Herods was in power, neither of which was conducive to Christian values. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
~ Malt­bie D. Bab­cock

(Updated to add: Chris Anderson shared some similar thoughts but expanded to many more good ones today.)

9 thoughts on “Post-election blues

  1. I’ve been a bit disheartened since hearing of the election results, but I, too, have reminded myself through His precious word that He is still in control. Thank you so much for this encouraging post, Barbara. It really ministered to me.

  2. Thank you for this post. I think you’re right. I also seem to remember that when God’s people were not living the way He thought they should, they were sometimes put under the rule of those they didn’t favor.

    I am going to be positive in my comments and my thoughts, praying that we will continue to look to our Heavenly Father for the things that we need. He will provide. Americans take too much for granted. Sooner or later we will have to answer for our self indulgent society.

    I know who is in charge regardless of who is elected. I will just put my trust in Him and pray for change.

    However, I believe that we have to support our President in that we do not slander him.

  3. Couldn’t agree more, Barbara! You’ve brought up points that I hadn’t thought of, mainly that when “our man” wins, we don’t think a bit about relying only on the Lord – so true!

    I also agree that Obama can’t make all his changes right away. And most of all we are commanded to pray for our leaders and those in authority. I didn’t hear too much praying for Clinton when he was in office! 😉 We have to obey all of it if we’re going to obey any of it!

  4. Everything happened for a reason and God has His reasons. I’m with Mama Bear in supporting the President. Put our trust in God and keep the nation in prayer.

    I’m not an American but I must say what happens to the US does have a world impact. All of us need to pray for each other.

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