When I learned who was running for President this election, I laughed. Then I cried.
I trudged through the debates and deluge of opinions and struggled to think differently than ever before about an election. Because this was a very different election.
Then I “just happened” to read a certain few chapters of Isaiah. No, they weren’t written for Election 2016. Yes, they appear to be uncannily parallel. Either way, we can learn from them today.
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord. 31:1
I worked my way through those chapters repeatedly and prayed the church in America would heed the warnings of years gone by.
I learned so much from that exercise, a surprising thankfulness began to spring up in my heart. I couldn’t believe myself. I was becoming thankful for Election 2016.
I realize it’s post-Election Day, and you don’t actually need to read another election article. You’ve probably clicked on a few hundred by now, and no doubt your brain was spinning after number one. Like Christmas music after Christmas Day, it’s time to move on.
That’s okay – you can leave if you like. What remains is simply a mini-journal of thankfulness that I intentionally scheduled to be published the morning after Election Day. As I write, I have no idea what the election results are. Because, no matter what, I choose to say, “Thank you, Lord.”
Thank you, Lord, for Election 2016 . . . for you have taught us about sin. And corruption. And selfishness. And lies. And petty childishness. We learned what it’s like to choose between blatant sinner and blatant sinner. We sat with mouths gaping and watched professional politicians throw temper tantrums on public television. Sin didn’t look pretty this go round. We didn’t have to question whether or not to be appalled. At a glance, we could discern wickedness and weep in disgust.
Thank you, Lord, for Election 2016 . . . for you left us running to your Word for help. You pressed us into those “respect the governing authorities” passages, because, otherwise, we might have assumed those didn’t apply anymore. You challenged our place as strangers and exiles and sent us through the mental agony of a chaotic and depressing political scene to test our readiness for battle. You made us eager for our homeland.
Thank you, Lord, for Election 2016 . . . for you have reminded us of your holiness, your justice, your sovereignty, your kingship, your rule, your reign, your power, your glory. A thousand times a day we have groped for those realities and held onto them for dear life. They have so sustained us, our thankfulness seems small. The fact that you are our God in the midst of all of this leaves us utterly stunned by your grace and truly overwhelmed by your lasting and abiding peace.
Thank you, Lord, for Election 2016 . . . for in complete and utter weakness and desperation, we have found that the only refuge we have is you.
The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high. He will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The Lord is our judge. The Lord is our lawgiver. The Lord is our king. He will save us. 33:5,6,22
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