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First things first: this is not a political post. I don’t want to know who you’re voting for (or have voted for) this Election Day. I’m not telling you who I voted for, either. I do hope that those of you who are American citizens who are registered voters will exercise your right to vote today, if you haven’t already done so.

Now that that’s out of the way, what I do want to share with you is a brief word about the election and, specifically, its aftermath. No matter which party wins today, the truth is that our country will remain sharply divided. Assuming that this Presidential election is a close race, approximately half of the voters are going to be upset no matter who’s in office.  It’s unfortunate but true. It’s easy to let the current political climate and the state of the world in general cause us to be filled with despair–but as I was reminded yesterday at church, we have a God who remains on His throne, fully in control, no matter who sits in office down here.

Yesterday, as I pondered and prayed over the election of not only our future President but also of candidates at the Congressional, state and local levels as well, several verses came to mind that brought me hope and peace in the midst of what many feel is a fearful time. If you’re feeling anxious, fearful or downright depressed about the future of our nation and the world, may one or more of these verses minister to you as they’ve ministered to me.

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty.
    Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.
The world stands firm
    and cannot be shaken. (Psalm 93:1)

Jehoshaphat stood before the community of Judah and Jerusalem in front of the new courtyard at the Temple of the Lord. He prayed, “O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you! (II Chronicles 20:5-6)

Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
    but to your name goes all the glory
    for your unfailing love and faithfulness.
Why let the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”
Our God is in the heavens,
    and he does as he wishes. (Psalm 115:1-3)

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” (John 14:1)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 2:7)

Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone. (Titus 3:1-2)

For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right. It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king. (I Peter 2:13-17)
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