I was wrong and God is right. Nov06

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I was wrong and God is right.

It is late in the evening on Election Night 2012.  The house is quiet and I am sitting alone in my basement, staring at my computer screen with fuzzy eyes that refuse to focus.  To be completely honest with you, I am blindsided by tonight’s election results.  Somewhere along this long campaign journey, I got the idea in my mind that God was “on our side”.  I saw this Election as a great opportunity for a sprawling Revival across our country, sending a clear signal to Satan that America was not yet won, and that its people were not going down without a fierce fight.  I’m not saying that Barack Obama stands for Satan or sin or anything like that.  But I do believe that most of the liberal agenda stands in stark contrast to what God commands us in His Word.  So, in my excitement and hope in the conservative “machine”, I thought we were all about to witness a great “demonstration of His glory” through a decisive (if not landslide) electoral victory.

My biggest mistake in this thinking was assuming that I knew what God thinks or wants – or what His Plans are for us as a country.  Isaiah 55:8-9 reminds me so well:  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

One of my pastors posted on his facebook page today that God doesn’t have an opinion about anything being voted on, and that’s a lot more important than all of our opinions combined.  He said that God, in ultimate authority, doesn’t need an opinion about what He created.  Although his reasoning went a little over my head, at the time, I thought that he was wrong (sorry, Pastor).  But now, as I have been humbled and my narrow view of God revealed, it is starting to make complete sense.

Amongst the rubble, I decided to see if Dr. John Piper had any reaction to this evening’s events on facebook (he hasn’t yet).  I instead came across his sermon from Sunday on the Sovereignty of God.  I wish I had listened to it long before now – truly blows my mind.  What he says is incredibly powerful, and I pray, of great hope to all of us as we step forward tomorrow:

When we turn from the natural world to the world of human actions and human choice, God’s sovereignty is just as extensive. You should vote on Tuesday — on the candidates and on the amendments. But let there be no man-exalting illusion as though mere human beings will be the decisive cause in any victory or loss. God alone will have that supreme role. “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; . . . the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will” (Daniel 2:214:17).

And whoever the next president is, he will not be sovereign. He will be governed. And we should pray for him that he would know this: “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will” (Proverbs 21:1). And when he engages in foreign affairs he will not be decisive. God will. “The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:10–11).