Tuesday, November 4, 2008

An Ever-Present Help

November 4, 2008. A day that will change the course of American history, for better or for worse. You and I are part of that.

In one hour I am heading down to the poll to cast my vote for the man who I think will make the best president. My decision was made after much research, careful thought, and prayer. I hope you can say the same. Whether you vote for McCain or Obama, I hope you have based your decision on fact, truth, and strong principles. If you are voting for which candidate best represents your personal convictions, more power to you. That's part of what makes America great.

Last night I was overwhelmed by the gravity of this election. It seems like each election year that comes around, more and more is at stake. This year is no exception. As I was struck by the emotion of it all, I was reminded of Hebrews 4:16: "So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it." I got down flat on my face on my bedroom floor, and for 30 minutes I wept before His throne, and prayed for our nation. I prayed for God's hand of blessing on the United States of America, that He would not withdraw His favor from us.

I recognized His power with one of my favorite verses: "Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is YOUR kingdom. I adore YOU as being in control of everything. Riches and honor come from YOU alone, and YOU are the ruler of all mankind. YOUR hand controls power and might, and it is at YOUR discretion that men are made great and given strength." 1 Chronicles 29:11-12.

I prayed that He would work His perfect plan for our country, whether it means victory for my candidate or not, because of this: "'My thoughts are completely different from yours,' says the Lord. 'And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.'" Isaiah 55:8-9.

I thanked God for His sovereignty, and gave the future again to Him. Though I am a bit nervous about the outcome of the election today, I have peace, because I serve a God who loves me and is worthy of my trust. "The Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever."Psalm 138:8. "You, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts my head high. I cried out to the Lord and he answered me from his holy mountain. I lay down and slept. I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me." Psalm 3:3-5.

So get out to the poll today. Take advantage of this great privilege of voting, remembering that it came with a price. Vote in such a way that your conscience is clear before God. Pray that God's will would be done in this election, and pray for protection for our nation. And then rest in Him, leaving the outcome in His hands. Happy Election Day, 2008! "May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7.


Lori said...

Those are comforting verses on such a crazy day!

Anonymous said...

Great post, Emily. I voted and now praying for the rest of today... and keeping the tv off (I hate how they always try to "project" who's going to win).

By the way, I saw a Cindy Woodall on your blog list. That's the same name as my mother-in-law who passed away 7 years ago of a brain aneurysm. So needless to say, I did a double take! I'll have to head over and read her blog too.

David said...

I do believe that God's will IS happening today, and I also believe that this election will give us a pretty clear indication of where we stand as a country in His eyes. I pray that He will grant us that grace. I delcare that as for me and my house, we will continue to love and serve Him, come what may.