Our National elections are finally coming up next Tuesday. As citizens of a democracy, we get to vote for the candidates of our choice, which is an awesome privilege and responsibility. How can we be sure we are choosing to support the right person or issue? Our personal desires are probably not a flawless guide.
In our scripture today Daniel is praising God, because “God has all wisdom and power.” He doesn't have blind spots as we do. He knows what will best serve His ultimate purpose for us. It’s important to seek God’s wisdom, which goes beyond the wisdom of this world, because choices have consequences! While we have the freedom to choose, God is the one who is ultimately in control and determines what the consequences will be. Take for example Proverbs 14:34 “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” If people choose to do what is right according to God’s Word, God will in time exalt that nation. However, if people choose to make choices contrary to His Word, it will, sooner or later, bring disgrace upon them. Choices can bring blessing or judgment, depending on how they line up with God’s standards.
For years people in the US and abroad chose to live by the mind set “I want it all, and I want it now!” The consequences came crashing in upon us recently reminding us that, “God controls the course of world events” as Daniel tells us. Just because God is in control doesn’t mean everything will be hunky-dory. It depends on the choices we make.
As we cast our vote on Tuesday, God will see that vote, to be sure, whether we are with the majority or minority. In this we can be confident; ultimately our sovereign God is in control, “He removes kings and sets up other kings.” He decides whether a nation will be exalted or experience disgrace.
Father, as a nation we are at major crossroads. Please don’t give us what we deserve, rather by your grace grant us your mercy! May your people, and others along with them, cast votes that will lead toward righteousness and away from disgrace. Hear us oh Lord, we need you!! Amen
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