“Oh! how sure and safe is the inner life of the believer! If all the powers of earth and hell could combine against it, that immortal principle must still exist, for He who gave it pledged His life for its preservation. An who ‘is He that shall harm you,’ when God is your protector?” – Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, November 18 Morning.
Devastation and destruction, whether caused by the forces of nature or our personal experiences, reap a toll on the human spirit. As I was reading my Bible and devotion this morning, it struck me that believers and non-believers alike go through similar life experiences, but Christians have the promise of God’s provision and protection.
Now many would want to believe that this means physical safety or that our perceived needs are always met, but God’s knowledge and vision is so much more powerful than our fallible, human concepts.
Specifically, God’s provision is the promise of salvation for the elect:
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13, ESV
We can trust in God’s protection, that He will be glorified through us:
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30, ESV
No matter what we humanly experience, God’s understanding and strength are infinite:
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. Psalm 147:3-5, ESV
As I was reading 1 Corinthians 1:18-29 this morning, I was struck by how it applies so wholly to the climate of our modern society.
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. ~1 Corinthians 1:18-21, ESV
Many politicians claim to be the wisest choice for office, but when we shine the light of God’s Word on their track record, political promises and moral values, do we find them to be a person seeking the Lord and His Will? A person whose policies hold up God’s Word and spiritual truths?
Chances are, each candidate falls short, as Romans 3:10 reminds us, “no one is good, no not one.”
So, how are we to know which candidate deserves our vote?
First, seek the Scriptures for answers. In my reading today, it became so clear to me that God’s definition of wisdom is often the opposite of what the world considers to be wise.
26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; ~ 1 Corinthians 1:26-27, ESV
Second, prayerfully consider what God’s Word is revealing. Christians have the Holy Spirit as the Great Discerner.
9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, ESV
Unfortunately, many Christians disagree with the interpretation of Scripture. Because we know that God is orderly and not confusing by His very nature, (For God is not a God of confusion but of peace… 1 Corinthians 14:33, ESV) how can we explain some Christians claiming God supports one candidate and some claiming it is another?
Whether we like it or not, only one group can be right.
Finally, we cannot be swayed by emotion, caught up in the political frenzy and ad campaigns. Eventually, leaders, both political and spiritual, reveal their fallen nature. We can only put our hope in the Lord, trust His leading and seek to glorify Him in all our decisions, especially in our political choice.
15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. ~ 2 Peter 3:15-18, ESV