Thursday, November 4, 2010

Month of Thanksgiving -- Blessing 8

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Branch Of Wisdom

Many have blogged about thanking the Lord for the privilege of voting; I'd like to do the same today, now that most of the election results are finalized.

I thank God that in the USA we are allowed to vote for those who would lead us in government.  Here in Illinois, we had some tough choices to make.  Though I do not want to get into a political debate with my readers, I have a few personal quandaries:  Do I vote for the republican candidate, even though he is almost as "dirty" as the democrat candidate?  Do I vote for the upstanding Christian pro-life woman candidate running against the liberal incumbent, even though I believe that if she is a Christian, her ministry should be geared toward her husband and children?  What about school district superintendents and judges, when we have searched for information about them, and found almost nothing?  These are just a few of the questions that were floating around my brain in the days leading up to election day.

The four of us voters in this household did vote on Tuesday, and prayed that God would approve our choices--because ultimately, we have to answer to the Lord for how we voted.  We prayed that the Lord would providentially allow Godly people to serve in leadership over us.  We waited through the day on Tuesday, and watched the results on TV as they were reported to the news stations.

Almost none of the candidates for whom we voted was elected.  It is frustrating to live with the realization that our taxes will rise (that was the newly elected governor's campaign platform).  It is disturbing to see the character of the people elected into office both locally and nationally.

Jacob votes in his first national election

I hope the above doesn't sound like a complaint, for it is not.  This election was a deeply thought-provoking one, and I've simply shared those thoughts here.  When all is said and done, I am able to say that I voted my principles and my conscience, and that I followed my husband's lead in the voting booth.

My thankfulness to the Lord is for the fact that He is in control; He providentially moves the hearts of men, and knows the thoughts of a king.  If we are living in perilous times, I am to rejoice!  What can man do to me?  Fear God, and worship Him.  I am determined to live for Him, come what may.  God is in control.

The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD;
He turns it wherever He wishes.
Proverbs 21:2 nasb

The LORD is for me; I will not fear;
What can man do to me?
The LORD is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
Than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
Than to trust in princes.
Psalm 118:6-9 nasb

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  1. You have said dear friend...most elections are like that "thought provoking"...but as long as we, as Christ Followers" realize that He is in complete control of who He puts in office...for His plans will be realized.

    Great thoughts...thank you for sharing.


  2. Maria, thanks for commenting. With all the rhetoric flying around, and all the disappointment, we need to remember He is in control! Amen.


  3. I am thankful God is in Control, too.

  4. Oh, come on, Christine! Let's DO get into a debate about the joys of Chicago politics!!!!!!!
    (tee-hee! For those who don't know, Christine and I are neighbors and I'm being facetious...)

    Love you, dearest!