Are you experiencing Election day uneasiness? Keep trusting in Almighty God; He works through the avenues of government to bring about His desired purpose.
I’ve been observing a week of “no dairy, no sugar.” How fitting that it fell during this time of elections. My hubby and I were honored to be a part of the judiciary system through the early voting process. As I considered this privilege that other countries lack, I still was reminded of the ongoing trust in God for His plan to be accomplished. Throughout the Old Testament, Kingdom transitions were frequent, and appointments were made by God. Selected kings needed to trust in Almighty God. Saul was Israel’s first king but was disobedient.
But Samuel replied,
“What is more pleasing to the LORD:
your burnt offerings and sacrifices
or your obedience to his voice?
Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,
and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,
and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.
So because you have rejected the command of the LORD,
he has rejected you as king.” Samuel never went to meet with Saul again, but he mourned constantly for him. And the LORD was sorry he had ever made Saul king of Israel (1 Samuel 15:22-23, 35, NLT).
God chose David to be king after Saul.
So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David from that day on . . . (1 Samuel 16:13).
But David’s kingship was not immediate. It would be about 12 years before he sat upon the throne. And what was he doing in those 12 years? Mostly on the run from Saul who was trying to kill him, but always trusting in Almighty God.
Saul hurled his spear at David. But David dodged out of the way, and leaving the spear stuck in the wall, he fled and escaped into the night (1 Samuel 19:10). David now fled from Naioth in Ramah and found Jonathan. “What have I done?” he exclaimed. “What is my crime? How have I offended your father that he is so determined to kill me?” (1 Samuel 20:1). At the place where the road passes some sheepfolds, Saul went into a cave to relieve himself. But as it happened, David and his men were hiding farther back in that very cave! “Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the LORD is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’” So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe. But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. “The LORD knows I shouldn’t have done that to my lord the king,” he said to his men. “The LORD forbid that I should do this to my lord the king and attack the LORD’s anointed one, for the LORD himself has chosen him” (1 Samuel 24:3-6).
David’s complete trust in God is apparent as he waits for the Lord to remove Saul from his position while refusing to take matters into his own hands.
What a testimony of trust in Almighty God! We are called to trust God for the outcome no matter who is placed in office. Can you find rest in our Almighty God as this day unfolds?