Looking Towards Tomorrow

Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.”
Proverbs 27:1-2

Tomorrow is election day here in the United States. I state that fact because about 20 percent of my readers do not live in the United States. Tomorrow the course of my nation, the United States of America, will be decided as men and women from all 50 states go to the ballots to cast their votes for representatives to fill governing positions and to set laws specific to their state constitutions. It is a day for Americans that cannot be ignored if they have a conscious before God and realize the power given in their ability to vote.

After tomorrow is said and done, many things will have changed across this country. The positions which now hang in the balance will be filled and the lives of the men and women who were on ballots will be set into motion as they either prepare to represent us in office or they concede to defeat. Constitutions in states will be forever changed and those changes will affect how laws and lives are regulated from those changes. But that is only the beginning of what tomorrow's votes will cause to transpire. In the long run, what is decided tomorrow will affect the history of each of community, each state, the entire nation, and our world.

God makes it very clear in His word that no matter what the result of any election is tomorrow, we are subject as Christians to be submissive to those who are put into positions of authority over us – whether we voted for them or agree with them.

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.” Romans 13:1-7

That last line does a really good job of summarizing the above verses: “Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.” Yes, we must pay our taxes whether or not we support a levy increase or not on our ballot. Yes, we must follow the laws that are changed because of new constitutional amendments whether or not we voted for that amendment on our ballot. Yes, we must fear (that meaning give reverence to) and honor those people who have been voted into office whether or not they were our preferred candidate.

Though all of these weighty matters may change in a matter of a day because of the eminent election, the grounding factor is this:  God is sovereign over all that will come to pass. We need to remember that the decisions of man are nothing compared to the ultimate power of God. We have only a short time on this earth to do what the Lord puts before us and He will bring about all that is within His will no matter who has been elected or what constitutional changes have been made in various states.

...you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” James 4:14

It is within our short life spans that we must remember to do what God asks of us while we have the ability, but moreover keep within His will and His parameters no matter who may be sitting in the various places of power. The key is to not get side tracked in our purpose as we watch election results come in and we need to come to grips with the reality of what has been decided by the masses.

And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17

Yesterday as I was visiting with another church member who is also running for office, he told me to look up 1 John 5:14-15. So, on the car ride home I pulled out my bible and read this:

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15

This truly is the best step for those of us in the United States to take today before we consider our votes tomorrow. Ask in prayer for God's will to be accomplished at the polling places across our country tomorrow. Ask in confidence knowing that He hears you and wants to request anything for you that is within His will. Then, go vote tomorrow as you have been led by the Lord with confidence in the Him and not in the results of what your vote may bring about. It is all in His hands anyways and therefore it is best to start (and end) in His will than anywhere else we could find ourselves.


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