The calls and texts over the past few days, have stirred my heart. Election stress. Vote counting chaos. It appears that for many there is a tsunami of despair about to sweep us away. Are we really approaching “the end of democracy,” as so many national headlines proclaim? If one fills one’s mind with cable news, one will certainly be unable to sleep at night.
I invite you to fill your heart and mind with the eternal words of God rather than with the ever-changing status updates of the 2020 election results. The counting of votes will change continually for days, but the Ancient of Days will never change. The psalmist would remind us,
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes. (Psalm 118:8-9)
Christians do not put trust in man. Our refuge is not princes or presidents. No matter who wins the election, God and his sweet Son—our suffering, risen, and reigning Savior, will still be on the throne. Our refuge is in our God. Our trust is in our Savior. Our Savior is the one who says to us,
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).
Perhaps the best thing you can do right now is to turn off the TV, close the web browser, and open the word of God and be reminded of who truly is in control of democracy, the rising of the sun, and ultimately who sits in the Oval Office.
The righteous will never be moved…He is not afraid of bad news, because his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid…(Psalm 112:6-8)
Dear brother or sister in the Lord, do not be afraid of these days in which we live. Steady your heart on our Lord Jesus. Do not be afraid of bad news. Let your heart be firm in faith in our faithful Savior. Fight against worry, anxiety, and stress. Lay those burdens on Him who says to you, “Come to me all who are weary and heavily burdened and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Rest your soul in our risen Lord. Be at peace in the only man—the God-man—who has already overcome the world. Take heart in Him. Take refuge in him. Peace is not found in princes or presidents. Peace is found in Jesus alone.
If you need to song to settle your soul, try this one.