And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. -Romans 8:28 NLT
A few years ago, the pastor of a church I was attending diffused a heated poltical debate that was taking place among some Christians on social media by reminding us that “God is in charge.” (A simple enough statement, not requiring a great deal of cerebral effort to comprehend). Yet, such a thing is so impacting on the human psyche — as it reduces all stress as it relieves us of all the awesome responsibilities undertaken by our creator.
It’s 2020 and there’s yet another presidential election in America. People from opposite ideologies are prone to tout how important this election is. Both insist that the future of America depends on the outcome of the vote. While I could not agree more with such thinking (all elections change things), whatever will happen is already decided.
The Apostle Paul knew what he was talking about when he wrote the letter to the Romans. We, as flawed humans dependent upon the grace of God, can misconstrue the meaning of verses like Romans 8:28 and consider it a promise that everything is going to be fine — as we see fine. But God is sovereign, and His plans do not always equate to something we see as desirable. We have no guarantee of health and wealth, for example, as some prosperity preachers would have you believe. A sign of maturity in the believer would be to see God’s will in all of our affairs as the only desirable thing. Unfortunately, we can all fall short of that mark. Thank Him for His grace!
The day after the election will likely come. I hope to arise that day and begin a day secure in the knowledge that Jesus is still King of Kings and Lord of Lords — regardless of who is to occupy the White House in the coming year.