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10 Peaceful Thoughts on a Scary Election Day

November 6, 2012

I woke up this morning anxious about the elections.  I have my convictions about our local, state, and national candidates.  I felt nervous that the outcome might not go my way.

During my time with Jesus this morning I had to confess the worry that was in my heart that stemmed from lack of confidence in Him.  Jesus tells us not to worry, and when we do it tends to originate in the fact that our confidence has been placed in other places than Him.  For a few moments worry and fear dominated my heart because my hope was placed in today’s election.  Forgive me, Lord!

With that in mind, I hope to give you several thoughts that might bring peace to your heart on a very scary day.

(1) God governs the universe and will remain the supreme executive leader after today for eternity. 

(2)  The nations (including America) will rage and seek to have us put our confidence in them.  The Bible says that they rage in vain.

(3) Nothing can overcome God’s ultimate plan to glorify Himself through His Son Jesus.

(4) God can use both good and bad circumstances to expand His kingdom.  Whether you like the outcome or not, stay faithful to Jesus by praying that God will use all these things for His glory.

(5) If your candidates win, you will be tempted to place your hope and trust in those candidates. 

(6)  If your candidates lose, you will be tempted to lose hope and trust in God’s continued work.

(7)  Win or lose, we will be tempted to forget our prime objective to make the name of Jesus great throughout the world.  Legislation can protect godly values but it cannot enlarge the kingdom of God.  Only the church can do that.

(8) Trust in God doesn’t make us passive.  Pray, vote, and use your civic influence toward righteousness and justice. 

(9) Trust in God makes us confident no matter the outcome.  He has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and confidence.  Perfect love casts out fear.  If you are living in fear, you are not living “in Christ.”

(10) One day a unanimous bi-partisan election will occur in which every knee will bow, every tongue confess, and people of every nation, tribe, language, and culture will pronounce Jesus as Lord!

May you seek the God of peace today so that the peace of God remains within you!

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. shirley lanier permalink
    November 6, 2012 8:32 am

    Vote proudly. Win with class. Lose gracefully. And after the vote, let’s find a way to work together. Thankful!

  2. Cathytravis permalink
    November 6, 2012 8:34 am

    Thank you, Pastor Nathan, I needed those words this scary morning!

  3. philjustice permalink
    November 6, 2012 9:14 am

    Amen! Thanks, Nathan.

    Phillip H. Justice Regional Advancement Director Sunrise Children’s Services 3503 Clinton Road Paducah KY 42001

    270-217-6022 Cell 270-554-7079 Office pjustice@sunrise.org

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  4. Melanie Lamb permalink
    November 6, 2012 9:29 am

    Same here! I needed that this morning to calm my fears. I have never been this emotional about an election before. God is in control no matter the outcome. Thanks

  5. gayle reno permalink
    November 6, 2012 10:08 am

    Thank you. These words help to put this “earthly business” in perspective. I appreciate you and all our pastors. Have a good day. Message —– From: Crossculture To: greno@brtc.net Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 8:24 AM Subject: [New post] 10 Peaceful Thoughts on a Scary Election Day

    nathanjoyce posted: “I woke up this morning anxious about the elections. I have my convictions about our local, state, and national candidates. I felt nervous that the outcome might not go my way. During my time with Jesus this morning I had to confess the worry that w”

  6. November 6, 2012 2:47 pm

    Best advice I’ve heard about this or any election. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Ashley johnson permalink
    November 6, 2012 10:08 pm

    Great post Nathan. Needed words today.

  8. November 6, 2012 11:16 pm

    Succinctly and wisely said. Thank you, Pastor Nathan, for sharing!

  9. Christine Althoff permalink
    November 7, 2012 8:47 am

    I really appreciated this. Thanks!

  10. L.Tabler permalink
    November 7, 2012 11:42 am

    Thank you. For reminding us all who is in control… Peace.. Peace.. Glorious Peace

    • Sandy Whitlock permalink
      November 7, 2012 9:44 pm

      Thank you, Nathan. Last night and this morning I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach and had concern about our country. I finally realized that God is still in control and sitting on His throne. I really appreciate these words from you. We must contine to pray for our country and leaders.

  11. Arnold permalink
    November 8, 2012 4:37 pm

    Amen. I think all over the world the Church is praying for their unholy leaders in their unholy countries. Unfortunately the church in this land has to do the same. I am not proud to be a earthly citizen in this land nor would be in any other. My kingdom is not of this world. We are here to be salt and light. Jesus is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings and will protect his bride

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