By the time you read this, you will undoubtedly know who the next President of the United States will be. And most probably, you will either be pleased, or disappointed with the results of the election on November 4th.
The question is, whatever your emotional response, how will you esteem your next President during the upcoming years of his presidency?
Think back to the last two men who served in the Office of President—one a Democrat and the other a Republican. No matter which was “in,” the only difference in the criticism and complaining we heard was in which political party was causing the commotion.
During both administrations, the opposing parties actively searched for reasons to assassinate the character of the incumbent. And unfortunately, Christians appeared to be as guilty of this as were the non-Christians. Scripture tells us that “everyone must submit himself 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)] If God is the One who put our President into office, it would seem that we must not only submit to his authority, but also hold him in high esteem as one who has been appointed by God.
While we are certainly free to disagree with policy (and certainly should), we are not at liberty to denigrate the character of the man himself. Regardless of what we might think of the person, we are to respect the office he holds and keep our mouths quiet.
We serve a sovereign Lord. Regardless of how things might appear, He is in control— always and forever. He knows the hearts of men and He knows the direction our nation must go. In Proverbs 21, we read that “the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.”
Even the President of the United States of America works (in ways we cannot understand) within the sphere of God’s plans for us. Like the rest of mankind, the President is subject to God’s absolute sovereignty, because God can (and does) overrule the plans of men to fulfill His purposes.
Therefore, our trust must always be in the Lord and not in the man. We look to Him for provision and safe-keeping, not the Government. We accept His decisions and follow His directives. No matter who He places in authority over us, we accept and honor without whimper—because not to do so would be to dishonor Him.
If you are among those who feel you did not “win” at the polls on the 4th, take your concerns to the Lord. Pray for wisdom to understand His call upon this nation.