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Today is Election Day, Let Us Rejoice.

August 17, 2010

On November 4th, 2008, I lost everything….nearly everything I voted for, that is. It was the best thing that could have happened to me.

What precious memories I hold from that night of bitter concession–surrounded by those dear people who could both empathize with my disappointment, and call me to a higher focus.

Never had the admonishment of Isaiah 40 been so sweet:  

    21Do you not know? Have you not heard?
         Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
         Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
    22It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
         And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
         Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
         And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
    23He it is who reduces rulers to nothing,
         Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.
    24Scarcely have they been planted,
         Scarcely have they been sown,
         Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,
         But He merely blows on them, and they wither,
         And the storm carries them away like stubble.

It seems that the Lord was not shaken by “my” election losses.

Months later, that same chapter in Isaiah would sustain me as I saw for the first time, desolate young women walking in and out of an abortion clinic:

25“To whom then will you liken Me
         That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.
    26Lift up your eyes on high
         And see who has created these stars,
         The One who leads forth their host by number,
         He calls them all by name;
         Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
         Not one of them is missing.
    27Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
         “My way is hidden from the LORD,
         And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”?
    28Do you not know? Have you not heard?
         The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
         Does not become weary or tired
         His understanding is inscrutable. 
    29He gives strength to the weary,
         And to him who lacks might He increases power. 

No, the Lord is not impressed by the power of nations, but He inclines Himself to create, lead, and name the forgotten. That is the God we cast our votes under, and the God who every nation must one day tremble before.

I was set free on that day in November of 2008, as I was forced to see that the worst disappointment is only temporary, and that the greatest earthly victory, is at best, splendidly flawed. 

As we go into election season, we face a life and death battle in our nation, a battle which Christians are called and privileged to participate in. And in the words of William Lloyd Garrison, “the struggle is full of sublimity”.

But the Lord does not call us to win–He calls us to glorify Him. He does not call us to cleverly strategize, but to be holy before Him. How miserably I have failed! But thanks be to God, I have been made holy by the imputed righteousness of my Savior, and set free to serve Him by His grace alone.

Today, as we drop off our ballots, may all who are willing, pray for our nation and the State of Washington. Not that God would be on our side, but that we would be on His. May we seek His mercy and forgiveness. May we ask that righteousness would shine forth, that crookedness would be exposed, and that we as a nation would have the wisdom to choose the former.

We submit the results to a mighty God, who “sits above the circle of the earth, He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.” And it is also He, who knows every part of His creation by name, and by “the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing. ”

Today is Election Day–the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Larry Andrews permalink
    August 17, 2010 1:55 am

    That was beautiful Terra:)… it will be exciting to see what the Primary reveals. It is amazing how the Lord puts everything in perspective. I think my first question to the Lord when I see Him will be, “what in the world was that all about, anyway?”:)…

  2. Peter permalink
    August 18, 2010 10:34 pm

    I love this. Good word Terra, thank you. We are called to glorify God. The battle is the LORD’s. I am looking forward to the day that the government of this world will be on His shoulders.

  3. Steven Hopkins permalink
    January 23, 2011 9:03 am

    I am looking forward to more wonderful insight now that 5 months have passed. Great work.

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