“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them.” (Daniel 2:20–21, NIV 1984).
My Musings – The “awkward pause,” between the election and declaration of the winner appears to be over. Of course the states must certify their results and electors must meet to make it official, but it appears to be over. Now for the next awkward pause. Typically, America takes this period of time to speculate what the new President’s agenda will be once he takes office in January. But this election cycle has been anything but typical. This time there will likely be as much speculation on what the “lame-duck” President will do until that time.
One thing we do not need to speculate on, particularly important for those disappointed in the results of the election, is that God is still Sovereign. He did not lose control of the process. He was not surprised by the results. He set up Trump as President, and now He has apparently deposed Him to set up Biden as President. Whether or not we understand it, He ordained these results for His own good purposes. That was true when Trump was elected, and it is true now that Biden has been elected. It’s been true in every previous election. It was true when thirteen fledgling colonies defeated the then world superpower. It will still be true when (if) this superpower ultimately falls.
It is at times like these that we as Americans must have faith and trust in the peaceful transfer of power. But more importantly, as Christians, this is a time that our faith and trust in God’s wisdom and goodness must not falter. We do not know if this has “come at a bad time” or a good time. We do not know if this was to “deliver us from evil,” or to give them “over to [the collective] reprobate mind” that seems to be so pervasive in our culture today. But we know our God.
My Advice – The world is watching America. They are also watching us Christians. Now is the time to show our mettle. We “must submit [ourselves] to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted.” (Romans 13:1–2, NIV 1984).