In less than a month, we will be electing a new President to run our country. There is no greater privilege we have as Americans than to go to a voting booth and vote for the candidate of our choice. There are people in third world countries who wished they had this same freedom in their country. Some countries do extend this freedom to their people but often it comes with much turmoil and persecution if who you voted for was to be ever made known.
If you are like me, you are eagerly looking forward to the time those political commercials and those survey calls will finally come to an end. If one has the money and the right connections, one can put together a very clever and convincing ad on TV or flyer that can sway many people’s vote. I believe, this is the biggest problem in America. So many people are swayed with clever TV ads, whether or not they felt you were a good debater, or looking the part to get their votes. As Christians, that should never be how we make important decisions in life, and electing a new President for our country to me is a very important decision,
I have made some pretty boneheaded decisions in life; some which have caused me much pain and agony and I have no one to blame for that other than myself. Many of the boneheaded decisions I’ve made, were done by seat of my pants. I made decisions on how I felt at the moment or how that decision would affect me personally.
In 1 Samuel 8 we read where the prophet Samuel had grown old so he appointed his sons as judges over Israel. which didn’t go so well as his sons did not walk in Samuel’s ways. The elders got together and said to Samuel; “You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” Can you not see the problem in this request? Where was elders cry to pray and seek the Lord’s wisdom and heart in this matter? The sad truth was, they had already made up their minds in this matter: “Appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have”
Selecting a king to lead your nation I think would be a huge decision to make and by asking for a king like all the other nation had, was in effect saying they had rejected the King they already had who was leading them; the Almighty Lord. As Christians, decisions of any type must be always passed by the Lord for His wisdom in the matter. Proverbs 2:6 “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 3:13 “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, for the man who gains understanding”
We are living in some very difficult, trying times right now as a nation and as a world. I have heard people say, ‘I need to pick his mind on this matter for he is very knowledgeable when it comes to these things’ I agree there are some very knowledgeable people in this world, who are smart and able to give counsel in many things, but there is only One who knows all things. Psalm 139:1-4 “O Lord, You have searched me, and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O Lord” The Lord declares in Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart“
I truly believe the next President we elect will have a major impact on everyone’s lives and our children’s lives. Who we put into the office of President of the United States is a huge decision which should not be based on any debate, any political party, on what we think or anything else, but ultimately on how much we have sought the Lord’s wisdom and heart in this matter. I don’t want a President who will make my life better or put money in my pockets. I want the President the Lord wants to lead our nation and to get that I must seek Him before I vote. Are you seeking the wisdom and heart of the Lord my friend in how you should vote? I will end by saying what my father always said to us as kids, “It’s up to you”
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