Friday, October 19, 2012


Image courtesy of Bhais Sidhe
 "Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, 'The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!'”
~ 1 Kings 18:38-39, NIV ~ 

"Political Silly Season" is the expression used to describe all the crazy promises and rhetoric of the election season.  One doesn't have to look very far to see people's emotions being whipped up by the speeches of candidates and comments of pundits at this time of year.   In my own life, I see so many friends, family and acquaintances tied in knots about the outcome of elections.  Worry seems to dominate as good intentions and cheap talk cause average citizens yield power to fear.

It motivates me to ask you what I ask those closest to me when they worry about political outcomes:  Is God still on the throne?  Will God remain Sovereign no matter who wins an election?  Will He be in control of our world even in the worst possible scenario?

The photo pictured above is of Monte Pelmo, also known as "The Throne of God" in the Dolomite Range of the Eastern Alps.  View from an aerial topographical angle, this mountain actually looks like a giant seat fashioned out of rock.  This amazing precipice leaves awe at its viewing and causes one to pause, adding perspective to life.

The fact is that the very hands that fashioned such majestic mountains are far more powerful than any politician.  Our Bible passage from today speaks to an instance when the people of Israel learned that fact.  Elijah, whom had been running for his very life, met with wayward King Ahab, his perverse prophets of Baal and Asherah, along with the Israelites on a less impressive mountain than this, Mount Carmel.  It was there that Elijah sought to bring the misled people to a decision point.  Was Yahweh still on the throne, King over all, or were these false gods that their rotten king had elevated before them in control?  Of course, as you read through Chapter 18 of the book of 1 Kings, you discover that Yahweh God makes Himself clearly known, against all odds, to the disobedient people of Israel.  Because of God's miraculous and mighty work that day, the people couldn't help but fall on their faces professing, "The LORD--He is God!  The LORD--He is God!"

While it may be easy to have our hearts troubled by serious issues facing our culture, remember in this and every election, that the Lord is God.  He is enthroned as Ruler over all, never to be removed.  His will cannot be thwarted, and His plans will reign supreme.  No matter our righteous concerns over health care for our children, issues of life and death, care for the poor, and religious liberty, trust in the sovereignty of our God.  While we should make a stand for His righteousness at election time, we should not become undone by the results.  Cover it in prayer and know that He who molded the mountains is mighty to save.  He will still be in control no matter who we elect, and He will bring about His perfect will as a result of it.

PRAY:  Yahweh God, I know that you establish authorities and rulers (Romans 13:1).  Wisely guide our nation as we turn our faces towards You.  Help me to rest and trust in Your ultimate sovereignty no matter who wins elections.

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