The Silver Lining is meant to uplift and encourage, so it will not be a place for political debate. However, I want to encourage you to pray, and fast as God calls, before you go to the polls to vote in this crucial election. Our new president could bring hope, healing and continued freedom for the United States of America, or instead bring catastrophic consequences for our country, which cannot be reversed.
Voting in good conscience, calls for seeking a godly, Christian candidate. A selfless, wise, compassionate problem solver who puts himself under God, instead of above Him, is someone who has our country’s best interests at heart. King David was a small boy, a shepherd, with whom God was well pleased. God chose David to be the king of Israel. God passed over the men who were tall, good-looking, and older. Instead, God chose a lowly shepherd boy with a heart after His own!
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7 New International Version).
David killed his gigantic enemy Goliath with only a slingshot and a stone! No one else would come near Goliath. But young David went forward with confidence in His God. He even shed the armor that King Saul had given him to wear in battle! It was too uncomfortable! That day the vast army of Philistines turned away and fled in fear; their giant was conquered, and they were terrified.
“Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground” (1 Sam. 17:49).
King David was the father of King Solomon, who is still the wisest king who has ever lived! King David’s lineage included Jesus Christ, King of the Jews, God’s own Son. Jesus is the greatest king who ever lived; he was resurrected from the dead, and still lives today!
The bible gives us the best example of characteristics we should be looking for in a king, when we are given the responsibility of choosing one. Who would have imagined that a quiet boy, tending to his sheep, would have become God’s choice for a king? It shows what one is capable of becoming, when he allows God to both lead and fight his battles.
As Christians, we have a responsibility to come before God, bowing our heads in repentance, asking forgiveness for having followed the ways of the world. We need to pray for wisdom and discernment, so that we can vote for the best candidate to take care of us and our country. We should remember that our country was set on a godly foundation, and God’s laws have not changed today.
Jesus came to bring us a new covenant, which made the first one obsolete (Heb. 8:13). He became a sin offering for us, through his death on the cross. He is the sacrifice for our sins, which is why we must receive him and ask forgiveness for our sins. This new covenant can be found throughout the New Testament of the bible. If we want God to grant favor on America, we need to vote for a president who is willing to put God first, and obey His covenant, which will result in protection and peace for our country.
No president, not one king, will be allowed to rule over us, without passing through the hands of God, and first receiving His permission. This means that our new president will only become our president, if it is God’s will. Sometimes this is hard for us to understand, but God has a much greater plan, which we are unable to see.
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” (Romans 13:1).
Still, God promises that if we fast and pray, he will heal our nation. This means He will hear us and answer our pleas for a good, godly president if His people come together and ask Him!
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
And we will have peace that no matter what, we will have done what God has asked us to do. And if we are God’s children, he will watch over us and protect us, no matter what lays ahead.
Ask Jesus into your heart. Repent. Ask Forgiveness. Pray. Fast. Vote. Go in peace. God bless you, and God bless America.