What a brutal 18 months it has been. Wouldn’t you agree?
But now we know. We now set our sights forward on a Trump presidency.
Whether this thrills you or devastates you, it poses the question: as believers in Jesus Christ, what are we to do with the results of this election?
And the answer is simple and straightforward.
We pray for President-elect Donald J. Trump.
We pray for Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
We pray for the House of Representatives.
We pray for the Senate.
We pray for this country.
Let us heed the words of Paul when he wrote to Timothy:
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.” -1 Timothy 2:1-3
At several points during this election cycle, I experienced fear, dread, panic, and disbelief watching both the democratic and republican presidential nominees. And to be honest with you, I feared for our country no matter whom we were going to elect as president.
But thankfully I received a nudge from the Holy Spirit reminding me that these election results were not going to be a surprise to God. He knew exactly who would be named our president on November 9. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit reminded me that God was still in control and He was and is still sovereign.
I was able to boast in God much like King Jehoshaphat did when his kingdom was under siege,
“O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.” -2 Chronicles 20:6
I was so thankful for the Holy Spirit’s guidance to bring me back to this place of abiding in God’s sovereignty – because it was in that place that I found the greatest peace and comfort. Abiding in God’s sovereignty reminded me that no matter who would was going to be elected President of the United State that it would be OK, because God would still be on His throne come November 9.
So now that it is all said and done, we pray. We get on our knees and ask God to grant wisdom to our new leadership. We ask God to humble our angry hearts if the election didn’t go our way. We ask God to humble our prideful hearts if the vote did sway our way. And we ask God to help us rest in His sovereignty knowing that true hope only lies in Him and not a President.