Election aftermath

by Christie Browning

Indiana's primary election was recently held. It's always an honor to get to vote and exercise our freedom to choose our leaders -- one we should not take for granted.  However, given the fight between the donkeys and elephants, it's easy to feel uncertain as to where this year's election will leave us.

I've seen several of my Facebook friends post encouraging remarks that no matter who's elected, God is still in control. No Democrat or Republican can dethrone the Almighty or even catch Him off guard. For those of us who are believers, those sentiments might come across a little tongue-in-cheek. But let's take a look at the scriptures... there's assurance found there:

Psalm 24:1 - "The earth is the Lord's and all its fullness. The world and those who dwell in it."

Everything in and on the earth is the Lord's - it's His to manage, oversee, command, and allow. Nothing happens without Him knowing. The Psalmist goes on to clarify that the Lord's ownership extends to those who do not believe. "The world and those who dwell in it," means God's rule extends to all people, even those who do not acknowledge His power and authority -- even politicians :)

When we get worked up about the path our nation may be on or what decision our elected officials might make, we need to be reminded of our trust in the One who holds the ownership of all. In these uncertain times, one thing we can know is certain - we can COMPLETELY trust God!

My case for trust:

The Lord does not walk crooked paths, in chaos or change or uncertainty. For Him to do so would mean He would be changeable god - inconsistent and variable - we couldn't rely on Him. But over and over in the scriptures we read where God promises to remain the same, never change. We see evidence of that as we read accounts of the Israelites and their journey though the Old Testament and again as Jesus walked in the same trust in God when He was here on Earth.

When God commands  - it is so. He doesn't say one thing and mean another. There is no confusion, chaos or mind games with God. At the same time, neither does He command one thing and accept something else --- let that sink in for a moment...

When we read about Jesus' time on Earth - we see often that He marks the way and then He himself walks in that way calling us to follow Him as He goes (Matthew 4:19). I love knowing that the way is marked for us -- we don't have to wonder or stumble in darkness or in confusion. We simply follow.

We can read in the New Testament several promises that if we seek, we will find. If God is for us... who then can be (stand) against us. Over and over God's word assures us that in uncertain times, there is one steadfast assurance -- Him.

Psalm 20:7 "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God."

I can't promise you that the guy or gal who will carry the title "President" will get it all right. I don't know if we are headed to a more liberal way of life or if a conservative approach awaits our nation come 2017. I can promise you this... God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. We are not without a guide, a comforter or a refuge. Choose this day whom you will serve.... red, blue, donkey or elephant... choose God as your solid rock!