This post was originally published in November of 2016, shortly after the election. With all of the angst I am seeing all over social media, I felt today would be a good day to re-share it.
Nothing moves me to worship quite like the attribute of God’s Sovereignty. I love meditating on and learning about this aspect of God. For the believer, it is an extremely comforting reality. The very God who choose us before the foundations of the earth were laid, has total and complete control over every aspect of His creation. Most Christians know this, but somehow in the day-to-day grind they seem to forget to apply it to their reality. The settled belief in God’s sovereign control and rule should overshadow every thought and action of the Christian.
Because I am seeing so much angst around Election Day and its outcome, I felt it appropriate to remind us all of this great truth. There are many awesome examples in the Bible of God’s sovereignty, but the standout in my opinion is found in John 19. Jesus is standing before Pilate, who has already stated that he found no guilt in Him. Then the Jews bring the claim that He is blaspheming because He made the claim that He was God’s Son. Pilate then asked Jesus where He was from, but Jesus did not answer him. Then we have this exchange: “So Pilate said to Him, “You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?” Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” (v.10-11) Is that not the most extreme demonstration of power and sovereignty in all of recorded history? Jesus, who was fully God and fully man, was given over to be killed by God’s authority; His sovereignty.
This is why Christians, over any group of people in the United States today, should be the most calm and confident of individuals. What is the election of an earthly ruler, a mere blip in history, compared with the power that allowed the crucifixion of the Son of God? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. There is very likely judgement in our nations future. Myself and many others are of the opinion that God is giving America over per Romans 1, and that he is allowing the devolution of our once great nation due to sin, and also for His sovereign purposes. I am not saying everything will be terrible, nor am I saying everything will be wonderful ahead. What I am saying is that God is in control of whatever happens. And since He can be trusted, and we know that our future in Him is secure, we have no need to run around fretting. That simply reveals that one’s hope is not in the promises of God, but in this temporal world. If you have found yourself overly invested in who rules our nation, full of fear and angst, I exhort you today to redirect your eyes to the one who is before all things and in whom all things hold together (Colossians 1:17)!
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1:24-25)
Soli Deo Gloria!