[Written following the 2016 US presidential election]
Wednesday morning, we woke up to a nation in turmoil. Conflicted. Divided. Some are celebrating, hopeful. Others are disappointed, bitter, or afraid.
We woke up to a nation suddenly taking to the streets to make its voice heard. But that voice is far from unified. We don’t seem to know who to trust.
Wednesday morning, we woke up to our own hopes and fears about the future. We woke up with the knowledge that we can’t see what’s going to happen tomorrow, or next year, or in a decade. We don’t know where our country will be at that point. Hard as we try, we can’t really predict, and certainly can’t control, our own destiny. It comes with being finite, human, and it brings a lot of uncertainty at times like this.
I didn’t take a week off my regular series to post about politics. You bet I didn’t. There’s a place for that, but not here. For a few moments at least, I need to take my eyes off the election results, off the nation I love and pray for, and focus on God.
He’s here, isn’t He? Somewhere? He’s got a hand in history, right? – making something out of our struggles and mistakes? Not really – it’s better than that. Instead of His hand being in the future, the future is in His hand, and He is more than able to to bring everything together as planned from the foundation of the world. Nothing takes Him by surprise – His sovereignty has no limits. We may be powerless, but God is not. He not only sees the future, but plans it and crafts it like a sculptor creating a piece of art. It’s messy, sometimes, in the middle. The artwork doesn’t look perfect now, but that’s because things aren’t finished. Not yet. They will be someday, and when they are we will be speechless with awe over what God has done.
If we can tear our eyes away from what’s happening all around us – imminent, urgent, uncertain – we will find that God is well worth looking at. His person is so beautiful, His power is so great – the more we know Him, the less we doubt. Because so doubt is so illogical in light of who God is.
He is the one “who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span.” He is the one who calls all the stars by their names, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain. He forms light and darkness. Creates out of nothing. Sustains the cosmos by His word. He is the definition of beauty, the perfection of power. “Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?” “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!”
“Lift up your eyes to the sky,” He says. “Then look to the earth beneath; For the sky will vanish like smoke, And the earth will wear out like a garment, but My salvation will be forever, And My righteousness will not wane.”
This is our God! Eternal, immortal, sovereign over all. The universe is His, with the timeline of history and the life and breath of every human being. He’s sovereign today, tomorrow, and through eternity. He is God – we need nothing else.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to Him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted. But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”