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HOW ARE THINGS WITH YOU TODAY?
by Philip Owen

            These words are being written the day before the general election. By the time you read them, the results of the presidential election may be known, or they may not. If known, you may find yourself elated or dejected, pleased or displeased. If still in question, you may find yourself disturbed, even alarmed. Whether you are satisfied or dissatisfied with the outcome of the election and the events it has unleashed, you may be sure that God remains sovereign and omnipotent, secure on His throne, and in quiet, calm, and complete control of all the affairs of men. All that has transpired and all that is transpiring or will transpire rests securely in the hands of God, who is in the process of sanctifying His church and preparing us to meet the Lord.

            One thing is certain. Recent events are revealing where the hope and confidence, peace and security of every believer living in the United States lie. King David, though living 3,000 years ago, knew and understood the realities of politics and government. “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses,” he acknowledged, “but we will remember the name of the Lord our God” (Psa. 20:7, KJV). We might add that some trust in politics and government. Perhaps many of us have come to realize, as well, that perhaps unwittingly, we have placed our confidence, not in the Lord our God, but in the Constitution of the United States, which is one of the most remarkable and wonderful documents ever drafted by men. But it is just that: a human document with flaws and weaknesses and with no power in itself to secure what it asserts and promises. To place undue hope and confidence in the election of one man, the ascendancy of one party, or human words written on a sheet of parchment, is a misappropriation of faith.

            David knew full well the superiority of an army with chariots and horses over one with foot soldiers. Humanly speaking, there was no contest between the two. Again and again after David’s reign, Israel was faced with foes who boasted greater numbers of soldiers and more powerful weapons than God’s people possessed. However, they did not prevail on that account. When it pleased God, He elected a Gideon and three hundred men armed with clay pitchers and torches to defeat a huge army of Midianites and Amalekites. Or He commanded Jehoshaphat to wait on Him as He ordained that an army of Moabites and Ammonites destroy themselves. On other occasions, He allowed armies of Syria and Babylon to prevail over His people, not because they had superior fighting forces but because God wished to chasten His erring people.

            Yes, it is natural to trust in natural things. But at this moment in history (and as always), the Lord is calling on His church to trust in Him alone. That trust does not occur naturally or happen automatically. As great as he was, David was just a flesh-and-blood man like us. He understood danger better than any of us, and he had his occasions of fear (see, for example, I Sam. 21). But in the face of danger, David turned to the Lord: “we will remember the name of the Lord,” he affirmed. We will deliberately call to mind the One who has loved us and saved us. We will remember who He is and what He has done as recorded in the Word of God. We will remember that He has promised never to leave or forsake us. We will remember that He has said that the One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world. We will remember that He has promised that all things may not be pleasant to the flesh, but that He makes everything work together for the ultimate good of those He has been pleased to love.

            We will remember these things because He is “our God”—not because we have chosen Him but because He has chosen us, and we are through no worth of our own the apple of his eye. We will remember Him because He has determined to save and to keep us. Peter says, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation” (I Pet. 4:12, 13). Remember and rejoice. Christ will soon be revealed: that is the Lord’s promise.

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