Tuesday’s election founded some new historical highs and made huge changes in our governmental makeup. But I was most impacted by the attitudes of folks as they entered the day.
Worry. Foreboding. Anxiety. Fatalistic expectations.
I can certainly appreciate the feelings. The decisions made on every election day impact our communities, states, countries. And because the people running for the leadership positions, by very nature of the generalization of politicians, don’t inspire great confidence.
I get it. Election Day marks a scary time of placing control into someone else’s hands. Letting someone new be in charge over our money, our livelihoods, our health, our children’s education, not to mention our country’s security and maintenance. Releasing that control to anyone is a frightening prospect.
If we ever had that control.
The fact is, we don’t have that control to begin with. Oh we can make decisions for our lives: choose private, public, or home school for our kids or opt for a Thai restaurant over the pizza joint. But even minimal decisions like those can be made for us in places where home schooling is strictly monitored and private schools are too expensive, or the icy roads force a pick up meal of leftovers.
Control is a fallacy. Even the ones who seemingly have it from city, state, and national government offices all over the world don’t really have it. They can’t control the simplest, most every day things: like the wind, the temperature gauge, or the clock.
Don’t get me wrong. I realize those that govern must make incredibly difficult decisions, sometimes in impossible circumstances, which will affect possibly millions of people. And yet they are still not in control. Their only power is given to them by the Lord.
Proverbs 21:1 says it this way: “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.” For a little while, the Lord has turned over the control of this world to the evil one according to 1 John 5:19, but it’s a temporary situation. And God still holds the power to thwart the way of the wicked. (Psalm 136:9)
I think my favorite section of scripture that speaks of the power of God comes from one of the most powerful kings that Israel ever had. Ironic. Wow, how cool would it be for our government to be able to sing out these words and mean them with hearts like Davids!
“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.” 1 Chronicles 29:11-13
Your Turn: Control can be such a lie sometimes. We think we have it and we don’t. When was a time you thought you were in control until God showed you otherwise?