As I write this devotion, the presidential election in the United States is still undecided. The presumptive President-elect is claiming victory while the current President is fighting the results in the courts and refusing to concede the elections. How this will all end up is anyone’s guess. All this has caused no small amount of anxiety and fear in the hearts of many. What will be the future of our nation? Who will occupy the White House? Depending on which side of the issues one stands, each side believes the other person as President will destroy our country and make miserable the future lives of our children. Thus, many fret and moan and lose sleep at night. However, Proverbs 21:1 reminds us that “the king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.” This should bring us great comfort knowing that whoever occupies the White House is under the sovereign control of God. We may not like his policies. We may think he will destroy this nation. We may not like him as a person. But we can trust in the wisdom and goodness of God. We can trust that the next President will not go beyond the sovereign foreordained will of God. This is not to say that we should not care about politics, that we should not vote in elections, or that we should not hold our politicians accountable. We certainly should. It is to say that we serve a God who is far greater than any one man or any singular institution. And as believers, through the shed blood of Christ, we have direct access to the God of all gods and the King of all kings. The office of the President may be the most powerful position in the free world, but all of God’s people have a direct line to the power behind the power. Thus, we “ought always to pray and not lose heart” (Lk. 18:1).
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