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The LORD has made the heavens His throne; from there He rules over everything

Psalm 103:19

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I don’t know about you, but my emotions have been all over the board about this upcoming Presidential election. It is so easy to fall into the ravine of worry, anxiety, and outright fear. So let’s just talk about it a minute.

During one of my “less than trusting” days, God reminded me that He is still in control. Yes, God does give us the risky gift of choice, but He is still sovereign and sitting on His throne.

God reminded me of King Cyrus. Jeremiah prophesied that the Babylonians would take the rebellious Israelites captive for seventy years. Years later, that’s exactly what happened. Jerusalem was destroyed and the Israelites were taken captive for seventy years.

Jeremiah also prophesied that God would raise up a Persian King named Cyrus who would conquer the Babylonians and set the Israelites free. One hundred and fifty years later, that’s exactly what happened. The prophet even called him by name … Cyrus. Amazing! In 539 B.C. King Cyrus decreed that the Israelites could return to their homeland and rebuild the temple.

Stay with me.

Here’s the prophesy: “This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him . . . ‘I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me’” (Isaiah 45:1, 4; see also 41:2-25; 42:6). About His sovereignty over all nations, God says of Cyrus, “He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please” (Isaiah 44:28).

Stay with me. Here comes the good part!

Now one might think that Cyrus must have been a “mighty man of God,” but he was not. Far from it. He worshiped a whole host of gods. However, God chose him to play a major role in the history and life of His chosen people.

The prophets referred to the heathen King Cyrus as the Lord’s “shepherd,” and His “anointed.” Even though King Cyrus was not a Yahweh, God-fearing king, God still used him to bring about His purposes. “All that I please.”

And God can still do that today. God will do what God will do. He can and will work through godly and ungodly leaders alike. Cyrus is not who you or I would have chosen to be “president.” But he was exactly who God used for His purposes at that time in history.

So that’s why I’m not worried about this presidential election. Paul reminds us, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God (Romans 13:1 NIV).

Daniel reminds us, “It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding (Daniel 2:21).

Jesus reminds us in His words to Pilate before His crucifixion, “You would have no authority over Me unless it were given to you from above (John 19:11).

So that’s why I’m not worried.

We pray.

We vote.

God is on His throne and His purposes will not fail, no matter who sits in the oval office.

Let’s Pray

God, I rest today in the confidence that You are on Your throne, and that You rule over everything. I will pray, and I will vote. And I will rest in the assurance that You are in control. You work through godly and ungodly kings alike.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Today, remember to pray for the election and for our country. If you are reading this in another country, please join us in America as we pray for our leadership.

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28 Responses to “Why I’m Not Worried About the Election”

  1. sheri land says:

    Great Word!

  2. Cheryl says:

    Thank you for reminding the community of faith that the answer to every problem, including societal ills, is found in the Word of God, which stands forever. His kingdom will never fail, and He is a faithful God. Keep on preaching sister!

  3. Donna B Fleming says:

    Thank you for this blog. It certainly eased my mind & reminded me during this election who is ultimately in charge. Thanks be to God!

  4. What a comfort to know that our Great God is always always in control.!!!! His ways are far above our ways. Thank you Lord that we can place our trust in you for this great land.

  5. Joan says:

    Thank you for reminding me of what my part is and that I can trust in God’s promises.
    No matter who is elected, I can remind myself not to panic about it. Wasting precious time and energy with worry or anger will harm me most. I Pray for courage to have peace and trust the results up to God. His plans are unfolding and I can watch knowing He is in control.

  6. sami says:

    amen thank you for this! just need to remember that God is in control of this. we Christians need to stand up and need to have God back in this country.

  7. Kathleen says:

    THANKYOU for the peace this has brought my heart and mind! As I read this I was reminded that the most important thing that all of America can do is to VOTE! And to PRAY. And PRAY. And PRAY. I will pray that ALL our elected officials will have wisdom from on High, integrity to make good and wise decisions, and insight to discern the impact of their policy making on our future. Gods Word is far reaching and true. May His Peace arch over this nation like a banner on Wednesday morning with the news of our new President.

  8. Vickie says:

    Thank you for this much appreciated and needed message.It gives me peace and comfort and above all reminds me that God is in Control. I hear in my mind the verse…”Be still and know that I am God,.”

  9. Kay says:

    I agree that God is in control, that He decides who is on the throne, and that it does no good to worry. But also important in the story of Cyrus is that the rebellious Israelites were punished by being held in captivity for 70 years under the rule of a non-believing king. People often forget that God being in control includes His punishing His people to bring them back to Him. America is in rebellion against God and He can use either candidate to quash that rebellious attitude. As Christians, we need to come before God in repentance and humility, and be prepared to possibly being persecuted in captivity.

  10. Faye Currey says:

    Thank you for this devotion! It spoke straight to me! I really needed a word of assurance this morning. My heart is heavy for this country and the election. I will join in prayer with my sisters for this election and that God will appoint Godly leaders. I feel more at peace now,being reminded that Our Heavenly Father has this in control! Praise Jesus!

  11. Mandy Foley says:

    Thanks so much for the message. I was reminded a few Sundays back that our Democracy was founded on Christian principles? So, I simply voted my conscience, praying that is the Holy Spirits will, while still knowing that regardless of the outcome Jesus has my back! Praise and glory be to our Heavenly leader!

  12. Valerie says:

    A friend shared Philippians 4:4-7 with me today with the idea that Christian women share it with one another and pray together for our election. I think her idea is a wonderful idea. Here is the Scripture! “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

  13. Vicki Dunbar says:

    Indeed this election is big. And the problems in our government are bigger. But nothing…. and I mean NOTHING is bigger than our God. The passage you quoted brings peace to my troubled heart.

  14. Kike (Marie) Greene says:

    I stand in agreement…to NOT Worry and TRUST in GOD!

  15. LaTonya G. says:

    Awesome word. God works through whomever and whatever he needs to work through in order to get the desired result. From the mouths of babes, through an unsaved individual, through nature, through a very unlikely (in the words of humans) situations….whatever HE needs to use, he uses! My prayer is always to get the lesson and understand the points that HE is making.

  16. Jacqui says:

    Amen
    Praying for USA from Australia
    God bless America

  17. Ava says:

    Thank you so much for this timely message. I have felt like I am absolutely distracted from true communion and prayer due to my concerns over this election. As one considers having a child and bringing new life into this troubled world, I am reminded that Moses was born for a time like this. I am lifting up my prayer that God will do immeasurably more than we ask or desire to bring America back to blessing God.

  18. Rita says:

    While it is easier to become worried we indeed need to remember a few things…
    1. God is ALWAYS in control
    2. Even if WORSE comes down to WORSE, NO ONE can really take away our freedom of religion. Yes, they can punish us, like they did Daniel, but YES we CAN stand faithful.
    3. Nothing will come to pass (even persecution of believers) without God standing for his children. No, it does not mean we will not suffer for Christ sake but we Will NEVER suffer alone. Our father is with us.

  19. What a word for today. I’ve been praying for this election but only God is the only one that can take control.Thank for that blessing devotion 😍🙏🏽👭

  20. When you girlfriends coming to Florida?

  21. Judy says:

    Thanks for sharing. I shared this with my usher board at a meeting on the night of the election. It was uplifting and inspiring. Your devotional helped me to take the election results with a new attitude. God is and always will be King.

  22. Emily says:

    I’ve read this devotional several times over the past few days and it’s brought me peace. Thank you for this!

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