Hope in the Aftermath of Election Day

(This post was written after the 2012 election, not 2016. I feel differently about the results this year; however, the unrest still grieves me. The heart of this article still pertains … and always will.)

I must admit, I am grieved by election day results. This is not how I had hoped or prayed it would turn out. 

I am concerned for what 4 more years of the same might bring.  The same financial difficulties. The same disregard for life.

Yet as emotions swirl in the aftermath of this close race, there is one sentiment I refuse to entertain: despondency.  Disappointment—yes; frustration—sure; confusion—perhaps; but despair? Never!

Always Hope

To despair is to “lose all hope.” With the promise of salvation secured in Christ Jesus, how can a Christian ever be without hope? 

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We have a hope that transcends all circumstances—political fallout notwithstanding. God was not caught sleeping or unaware in this election, just as He was not during the tragedy of hurricane Sandy or any storms we face.

He is very much involved and in control.

Just because we cannot see His purpose or His plan, doesn’t mean there isn’t one. Faith is trusting even when we don’t understand.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1).

So, please, don’t walk around with downcast eyes. Be concerned, be vigilant, be on your knees in prayer—absolutely!

And, yes, be thankful. Look up and let the Light of Christ burn away despair.

When I first heard the results of the presidential race, a truth burned in my heart and I felt compelled to share it. Since it’s worth repeating, here it is again:

Our hope begins and ends with the Lord, not with government. Let your fears rest with Him, and allow His peace to reign in your heart.

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

Refections: What Bible verses do you cling to when despair threatens?

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Julie

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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

4 comments on “Hope in the Aftermath of Election Day
  1. Jan Heitshusen says:

    Thanks, Julie. We needed that reminder. As our son says, “God is in control, no matter who is in the White House.”

  2. True words indeed Julie! When my kids wanted to watch the results all night long last night I had to switch the channel. When they asked why I told them that the decision had already been made and watching as the networks had their fun was not going to change anything. God’s man would be in charge this morning.

    Not my choice but His and I have to trust His infinite wisdom. 🙂

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