Don’t ever think God didn’t hear our many prayers for the outcome of this election. He did and he said, “No, not Mr. McCain.” To us this morning, things don’t look good for our country. But God can see far beyond our finite little minds as to what’s best for His purposes. As Christians, our goals should be to glorify God, to spread His kingdom and to be with Him eternally in Heaven.
Sometimes those first two goals are best accomplished in times of upheaval and distress. Think back to the beginning of the Church. The first Christians suffered greatly, but the Church spread and grew at an enormous rate and many souls were saved. Jumping ahead nearly a millenium and a half, it took World War II to get us comfortable Americans to begin to be serious about sending missionaries en masse to Europe and the far East.
Naturally, we don’t want persecution and upheaval, and it may be that those things won’t happen yet. I keep praying that they won’t, and that our country can turn back toward God without anything that drastic happening. But it may be that only something drastic will get us where God wants us. Only He knows.
Whatever happens I pray I can say with Habakkuk: (Hab 3:17-19a) “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.”
This world is not our home. He loves us. He IS.