Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election Night Thoughts

The Rolling Stones, may have struck the right cord with their song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want." That's going to be how lots of people feel as they watch the unfolding of the election results this evening. It does really matter how you voted, there is always going to something that didn't quite go your way.

This morning I was reading in the Old Testament book of Daniel. In the second chapter we find King Nebuchadnezzar struggling over a dream he desires to be both told and interpreted. When none of the wisemen of Babylon can give an answer to the King, he threatens to kill them all. This great crisis brings forth an even greater opportunity. The opportunity for God to work through Daniel and his three friends, and to bring glory to Himself, even from the mouth of a "heathen" king.

Some say we are facing a great crisis (no matter who wins and what passes), I would rather prayerfully submit that we are also facing a great opportunity. An opportunity for the people of God to once again humbly, hungrily, and desperately seek our Abba God, as Daniel did. And in that seeking see God glorify Himself through the might of His gracious power.

When we do seek God and see Him work, we too, may exclaim as did Daniel,
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.
I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers:
You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
you have made known to us the dream of the king.”


Anonymous said...

God raises up an individual for HIS purpose.
I hope the USA will be blessed by this selection.
The world even... only the Lord knows....
I pray this election will lead to people dialoguing with one another in constructive ways. To have so many energized in understanding that we all can contribute to our world, our nation, to influence our fellow man is a powerful thing. The NT church era was grass root and small, but the Holy Spirit was involved. I am glad to see so many excited, I pray that revival will come as we learn only God TRULY fulfills us. Disappointment will come regardless of our choices of leaders.

A historic night.
Yet, It is good to remember the powerful emotions we felt after 9-11, and the hope that the unity we as Americans experienced would last. Sadly it did not, no surprise there I guess,for that is the way of mankind. Feelings are too often temporary, but
the Word of God is eternal.

I hope that as Christians we remember the words of Micah 6:8
"He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?"

That should be a goal of my life, for it crosses all party lines, anything that divides men,his love in me and through me, allowing the creator of the universe to use me in anyway, large or small that he has seen fit. Sadly, we are sometimes like foolish Galatians forgetting that "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

If we as Christians live as such it will matter little who the President is for the world will know who our God is.He will work things out for HIS glory and for our eventual good, so whether we have elected one who will be like Joseph, or one who will resemble King Saul in that he appears to have it all, it matters not. But I shall pray the Lord's guidance for him nonetheless.
The same God who gave Daniel & his crew opportunity, gives one to us each day. I confess I have not taken him up on it as I should have of late... I submit myself to him and do so now.

I will end as you started, with a quote from Mick & the Boy's

"You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need"

May we all find that we get what we need... because when you think about it...We do!

Blessings to all!

Anonymous said...

Indeed, this was a historic night. We've come a long way baby...in this generation . . . from civil rights marches when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man in 1955.... to having an Afro-American President and First lady in 2008. We are making progress.

Lord, maybe there is some hope for us after all!