Devotion for the Week of November 7, 2016 - DOES GOD CARE ABOUT OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS?


Proverbs 29:2 (KJV), When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

Election season is in full swing, and the 2016 presidential nominees just had their second debate. But, even this close to November—many are still unsure of who to vote for. Maybe that’s you, or maybe you don’t plan to vote at all. Let Billy Graham’s answer about voting and politics encourage you.

Q: I know the elections are a week away, but I’m so tired of all the name-calling and the overblown rhetoric. I’ve decided just to shut my mind to it all. I don’t think God really cares about politics anyway, does He?

A: God cares about everything that affects our lives—including who our leaders will be and how our society will be governed.  That’s one reason why He commanded us to pray for our government and its leaders.  Would He have told us to do this if He didn’t care about good government?  Of course not.  The Bible says, 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (KJV), “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;”

Many readers probably can sympathize with your attitude toward too much rhetoric or too many personal attacks.  But don’t let these blind you to the importance of our elections, or cause you to shut your mind to our nation’s need for honest and able leaders.  Our system may not be perfect—but it’s far better than that in many other nations.

Pray for our nation, especially as we look forward to the elections on November 8th.  Pray especially that God will cause the one to win who will stand for justice and morality, and will seek His will in all they do.

Pray too that our nation will turn to God, and that we may experience true spiritual revival.  Increasingly we seem to be pushing God out of our lives as a nation—and this will have tragic consequences.  Don’t let this happen to you, but make sure of your commitment to Christ, and seek to follow Him every day.  The Bible’s standard is still true: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” Psalm 33:12 (KJV).

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