November 5, 2012
You got what you asked for… and, that's Good News.
This is a huge week for you, for America, for the World… and, for the Kingdom. By this time next week, a decision will have been made, and a course will have been set. What many are calling “the most significant election in our lifetime” will be making its way into the history books. The outcome will be exactly what you wanted.
Now, hear me: I don't know the final score of the race any more than you do. Polls and predictions are the embryos of embarrassment; some will puff their chest and declare their scientific superiority and others will explain that the electorate is fickle and unruly. Count heads any way you want: I can tell you that there is only one vote that really matters…
Your theology is front-and-center, today: do you believe in “the Sovereignty of God?” That foundational underpinning of biblical truth will be called into question as you navigate through the next day or two. Hand wringing is far less valuable than hand folding, at this juncture: a day / week / month / year / four-year-term of frustration is wasted, if the alternative is a minute spent in supplication.
At this point, I think I know what God wants in terms of America's leadership… but, “… my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts…” (Isaiah 55:8-9). I know what I know; He knows more. I think I have a better plan than the people who hold a different political position than I hold; He has a better plan than theirs – or, mine – and He has the power to prevail at the polls.
Here's what I'm praying, today: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one…” (Matthew 6:9-13). Don't miss that critical appeal: “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” One thing I can know, for sure: what He says, goes… in heaven. And, my prayer today is that earth will mirror heaven – that His will will be the prevailing outcome while we exercise this amazing factor of “free will” in casting our ballots in the performance of responsibility, as citizens.
I'm at peace: there's a plan. I know He plans for me to vote (I'm on the road, so call me “absentee,” and know that I've practiced what I preach!)… and, He plans to orchestrate His purposes and enable His plan.
So, join me: pray the prayer. “May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Do your part – vote your values! – and, then, sleep soundly Tuesday night. The headlines will be what God has predetermined to be the best… in keeping with His plan. He's up to something; He knows how to make it happen in accordance with His purposes.
Are you at peace with that? He wants us to be confident, courageous… and involved!
All the best; now, get out the vote!