As is usually the case, our election revealed all of our strengths and all of our weaknesses. Two human beings as flawed as we are ran for office. Each man had personal flaws and family failures exposed by the media in the days of the campaign, a sad and horrifying experience for each, I’m certain. They took on the enormous responsibility of a presidential campaign, and they ran.
Gone are the days when the press hid the foibles of presidents. Back in the day, the public heard no tales of Marilyn Monroe in the White House with John F. Kennedy, nor of strippers with LBJ, nor of German submarines off our coasts during WW2 due to the press silence requested by FDR.
Now, the public knows everything the moment it happens, including horrible failures of the candidates’ adult children. Average people like us don’t find pictures of our children at their worst moments published all over the nation or temptations throw at them, offering everything they could ever want or desire given freely in an attempt to gain access to us, their parents. I can’t even imagine how difficult that would be for a family to bear.
The average person doesn’t live a lifestyle that entails the temptations that face the very rich and very powerful, and so, compassion for both men and their families is necessary. We haven’t faced those kinds of temptations, and we have no idea how we would actually respond if we did. Both men and their families are in need of our prayerful support.
The press has taken on the responsibility of announcing “the winner,” when we actually don’t have a winner until all of the votes are certified and the Electoral College casts their votes as determined by the certified vote count.
Regardless of how you voted, pray for these men and their families, and for their running mates and their families, all who were willing to risk everything and may now be facing public humiliation for their great gamble, as perhaps President Trump may be feeling. Pray also for the one who came out as the presumed winner, President-Elect Joe Biden.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV).
Pray also for all the poll workers who are going back over every single ballot, counting and recounting to make certain we got it right the first time. This usually happens after an election. This is the norm. News from the polls reports that only the normal type of issues have surfaced.Both candidates & their families are in need of our prayerful support. Regardless of how you voted, pray for them & their families & for their running mates & their families. Pray for the poll workers. #Election2020 Click To Tweet
It is important that we not become discouraged by all of the disinformation out there, that we instead rely on the Lord and on the truth, that we read and listen to verifiable sources that share factual information and not share false information that may discourage and frighten others.It is important that that we read and listen to verifiable sources that share factual information and not share false information that may discourage and frighten others. #Election2020 Click To Tweet
I shared Psalm 75 in my post right before the election, and these words are still true of our election as we await the final decision. The Lord says:
“At the set time that I appoint
I will judge with equity.
3 When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants,
it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah
4 I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’
and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn;
5 do not lift up your horn on high,
or speak with haughty neck.’”
6 For not from the east or from the west
and not from the wilderness comes lifting up,
7 but it is God who executes judgment,
putting down one and lifting up another.
8 For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup
with foaming wine, well mixed,
and he pours out from it,
and all the wicked of the earth
shall drain it down to the dregs.
We trust the Lord with the leadership of America. He is the One who puts down one and raises another. He works all things together for the good of those who love him and who keep his commandments. He determines when nations rise and when they fall and are destroyed, based on his judgment of their works. All of this is in keeping with his plan for human history and the future coming of his Son, we know not when.We trust the Lord with the leadership of America. He is the One who puts down one and raises another. He works all things together for the good of those who love him and keep his commandments. Click To Tweet
“. . .Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed, because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s,’” (2 Chronicles 20:15).
This encouragement to King Jehoshaphat during a battle applies to us as God’s people. Do not fear, and neither be dismayed. Nothing can be stolen that God hasn’t allowed to be taken. In the counting and assessing and sorting of these ballots, the matter is in God’s hands. The battle is the Lord’s. He puts down one, and he raises another. We commit this to him in prayer.
Some have even called upon angels to turn the tide of the election in their candidate’s favor. These would do well to remember the account Joshua had with an angel. “When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” 14 And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come” (Joshua 5:13-14).
The Lord directs the angels. They do not take sides in human battles. Joshua’s question “are you for us [God’s chosen people] or for our adversaries [their enemy in battle]” received an answer of “No,” not one, nor the other. Angels carry out the Lord’s bidding exclusively.
What the Lord has purposed will be done in this election, and no one can manipulate that or destroy what God has planned. Trust the Lord.
God bless you, no matter how you voted. Trust the Lord! He will lift up one and put down another according to his planned purposes for our nation.In the counting and assessing and sorting of these ballots, the matter is in God's hands. The battle is the Lord's. He puts down one, and he raises another. We commit this to him in prayer. #Election2020 Click To Tweet