A Higher Power

My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. (I Corinthians 2:4-5, NRSV)

I am writing this devotional less than one week before the election, knowing that it will be sent to you early on the morning of November 3. At that hour no one will know the results. At the end of the evening, all of us may know the outcome—or we may know only that it will take longer for all of the votes cast to be counted.

What I do know is that whenever the results are final, there will be millions of people who will be very happy and millions of others who will be very unhappy. Because the country has become so polarized, the gap between the two groups looms large. As a citizen of this country my fervent prayer is that over time we will find ways to bridge the gap and work collaboratively to improve our life together.

As a Christian, I pray that Christians everywhere will remember that we are also citizens of a different realm who find strength, guidance, and purpose for our lives in a Higher Power. Our loyalty and allegiance belong to the God revealed in Jesus Christ—the God who created us, redeems us, loves us unconditionally, and calls upon us to love one another in the same way.

Humanly created governments are important, and it is our responsibility to participate in electing leaders with wisdom and integrity to do the work of governing. Once they are chosen it is our duty to provide them feedback consistent with our values to assist them in making the best decisions possible, decisions that will promote freedom and equality, justice and peace for all of God’s people.

But we will always be disappointed if we place our ultimate faith and trust in anything less than the Higher Power which is our God. God alone is worthy of worship. God alone is the source and foundation on which our lives rest. This is an important reminder for me whether I am in the group of people pleased by the results or the group disappointed. God may use human leaders to help accomplish God’s will for humankind, but human leaders are not God. Whatever the results of the election, I give thanks for the power of God which is greater than any and all of us.

Prayer Focus: Peace

Prayer: God who sent Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to show us how to live and love:
In the midst of the chaos swirling around us and the challenges confronting us on every side, give us peace. Peace in our hearts. Peace in our relationships. Peace in our streets. Peace in our nation. Peace in our world. Amen.