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There is so much anxiety about the upcoming November 3rd presidential election. It’s as if we have never had an election like this. Expressions of heightened anxiety are openly shared all over social media.
In times such as these, we must pause and take stock of the situation. As Christians, we know that God works all things out for our good, yet we still feel uneasy and afraid of what the outcome will be.
I have been comforted by an old book gifted to me by a Bible study buddy; called “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23” by Phillip Keller. In this book, he shares his experience as a modern-day shepherd and how the 23rd Psalm accurately describes the loving care of a herd of sheep.
We as modern people do not know much about good the care and maintenance of a herd, so it was a great shock to read just how much effort goes into stopping sheep from killing themselves and their proper care and feeding. Sheep are downright idiotic in their conduct and don’t ever truly learn from their mistakes. Sound familiar?
It is only through the relentless care of the sheepherder that they survive and know any joy at all! This parallels the behavior of humanity; as we refuse to learn from history or our own mistakes and continue to repeat the same self-destructive actions again and again.
Which leads us back to how upset many are over the impending election. Neither worry nor anxiety can change the future, only prayer can do that. The Bible says as much in Matthew 6:27 “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”
Conversely, as we pray, peace floods our hearts and minds and we are set free from the bondage of trying to figure out what is going to happen to us and our country.
If you are experiencing election fatigue, buy the Shepherd book, and while you wait for it to arrive, pray (aloud) Psalm 91 (the Amplified version).
Security of the One Who Trusts in the Lord.
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”
3 For He will save you from the trap of the fowler,
And from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions,
And under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.
5 You will not be afraid of the terror of night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction (sudden death) that lays waste at noon.
7 A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But danger will not come near you.
8 You will only [be a spectator as you] look on with your eyes
And witness the [divine] repayment of the wicked [as you watch safely from the shelter of the Most High].
9 Because you have made the Lord, [who is] my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.
11 For He will command His angels in regard to you,
To protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service].
12 They will lift you up in their hands,
So that you do not [even] strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra;
The young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he set his love on Me, therefore I will save him;
I will set him [securely] on high, because he knows My name [he confidently trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never abandon him, no, never].
15 He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With a long life I will satisfy him
And I will let him see My salvation.”
If you’re still feeling low, turn on some praise and worship music and sing along! We are going to survive this election, and many other problems as yet unknown to us. In all things, we must remind each other to look to Christ our Shepherd, Shelter, and Redeemer.
Stacy is the Communications Director for Family Vision Media and co-chairwoman of the Project 21 National Advisory Council of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Stacy is a Air Force Veteran, Emmy Nominated TV personality and former elected official.
Stacy also hosts a weekly radio program on SiriusXM’s Patriot Channel Sundays from 9-11 am.