by Heather Bock
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I’ll echo what I’ve heard countless people say: this upcoming election is bad. We have no good choices. The future looks bleak no matter which way it goes. I can’t even let my children listen to what the candidates say to each other for fear they might mimic what they hear. I’m told to vote my conscience, but I see no course of action that my conscience approves.
So now what?
I’ll continue to seek God’s wisdom for how to handle the election in November, but in the meantime and even after the results are known, I will remember that God is in control. I wrote a post not too long ago (see link) about how God turns the hearts of kings like channels of water (Prov. 21:1). One example I showed was when God used Nebuchadnezzar, a king whose heart was far from God’s, to chasten God’s children. God then made him lose his mind for a while and finally brought him to a place of submission before Him.
However, now I want to take this a step further. What if those who speak doomsday about this election are right? What if our nation really is headed for disaster? God is in control, but this does not mean He won’t let us step into catastrophe. Too many examples of this abound, particularly in the Old Testament. I’m not a prophet, so I won’t pretend to know if we really are heading into hard times. If we are, I further don’t know if God wants to discipline His church or if He plans to take us through difficulty in order to strengthen us or for some other reason I can’t see.
I do know that God makes good come out of bad circumstances. That verse people use when someone goes through a tragedy might sound trite at times, but it is rich and real: “We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). The good may not be what we pray for, but it is nonetheless good. He also says, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance” (Jas. 1:3).
I know these verses are true from experience. My family has dealt with multiple untimely deaths. These were tragedies to us; they were devastating, but even though I know these deaths were not for this purpose, God brought good out of bad. One way He did this was to build our faith.
I also know what God does through the hard parts of parenting–the times when my children test me and fight me, when they squabble with each other, or when they wake up multiple times in the night. God has used these and many more to refine me, to build more patience in me–the endurance in James.
These verses haven’t just been proved true by me but by Christians all over the world, many who are daily facing governments more hostile to them than we westerners have faced in our lives. I’ve read stories of men and women coming through these extremely hard times strengthened, and those who didn’t come through in this life strengthened those who did.
So, naysayers, maybe you’re right. Our country probably is really in for it. I lean towards agreeing with you. But this does not give us cause to give in to fear or anxiety. The same God who is with us on this side of the election will be there on the other side, and He is good. He is in control. He is with us.
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