Your Results From the 2016 Presidential Election

 

My prayer last night, before it was announced that Donald Trump won the Presidency, was that God’s will would be done and that Christians would act like Christians today. What I mean is that regardless of whether your candidate won or not you would be the voice of “the peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). If your candidate won don’t laud it over people and debate why Trump is the best. If your candidate lost don’t be bitter and confrontational.

My prayer remains the same this morning: if you are a Christian than your life has changed and today is the perfect opportunity to calmly show non-Christians why your hope rests in your Savior Jesus Christ. The reason I titled this Devotional “Your Results From the 2016 Presidential Election” is because you need to submit your reactions today to the Lord. Whether someone is complaining or applauding don’t join in – be the voice of godly reason. Can your election results be to lead someone to Jesus? With God’s power, YES!

The earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” (Proverbs 24:1).

 

For more on the Election Series I’ve written for the last year you can go to the last Devotional titled Such a Time as This.” It has links to the other Devotionals. God bless!

“Such a Time as This” (2016 Presidential Election Series)

We’ve come to our final “pre-election” Devotional. In two days, on Tuesday, the 2016 Presidential election that we have been talking and praying about for a year will take place! Through this year we’ve talked about “Political Prayer Preparation”, the “Decision America Tour 2016”, “God’s Power in the 2016 Presidential Election”, the “Presidential Primary Election”, “Walking in the Old Paths”, “Our Submission to Government” and “You’re Not Voting for a President but for Supreme Court Judges”.

Today we’re going to focus on the story of Esther who was chosen by God for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). The beautiful story of Esther is about a Hebrew, peasant girl who caught the eye of the ruler of all Persia, King Xerxes. And how her devotion to her people and doing the thing she was made for could have cost her life but instead saved the lives of millions. Interestingly, in the whole book of Esther God is never mentioned once. However, we see His “providence as He, the unseen power, controls everything for His purpose” (Source 1).

As I just mentioned we’ve been praying and seeking God’s will for months for this election. We know He controls everything according to His purpose. Now is the time to take action and inspect our checklists as we make sure we and others are ready for tomorrow. For example do you know how you will be voting on the various Propositions? Do you know how you and your friends are getting to your polling place?

Here are some things to help you:

  1. Election Forum 2016 Voter’s Guide
  2. 2016 Proposition Guide (from Capital Resource Institute)
  3. Questions to make sure you’re prepared:
  • Are you registered to vote? (Find your local requirements at vote.org.)
    • Where is your polling station? (Locate it at vote.org.)
    • What time of day will you vote?
    • Do you need to let your employer know when you’re voting?
    • Do you have a way to get there?
    • Do you have child care?
    • Is there a friend or neighbor who needs a ride?
    • What identification do you need? (Find out at vote.org.)

Now that we have covered how we will take the action, we are left to continue on with what we’ve practiced. We will walk in the old ways, we will pray and above all else we will recognize that it is God’s power and His will that will be done tomorrow. We remember that “on the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them” (Esther 9:1).

Prayer: Lord, we give the Presidential election, Propositions and placements over to You. We know You have it in the palm of Your hand and we, Your children, will not needlessly waste our time worrying and fretting over things we can’t see and don’t understand. Instead we will spend our time sharing Jesus with others and glorifying You. We thank You for Your faithfulness. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

 

References

Source 1: John MacArthur, The John MacArthur Study Bible, p. 682