After the Election— How to Respond with Faith and Strength

November 2016 - Feature Article
by Lael Arrington

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November 2016 - Feature Article

If you listen closely on election night, you will no doubt hear millions cheering. You will also hear the collective exhale, the sssighing deflation of many who had hoped for the other candidate’s mojo to grind to a halt. For millions more who really want neither and who hope for some sort of divine intervention, their desires for a new president whom they trust and respect will fade to resignation.

Once the unprecedented election of 2016 is over and we have the president, federal, and state officials who will be with us for the next few years, how should we respond?

PRAY. Pray Scripture that gives us an eternal perspective of temporary success or disappointment:

“There is no rock like our God. Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The Lord brings low and he exalts.”—Hannah, Samuel’s mother (1 Samuel 2:2,3,7)

Pray that our new leaders will humble themselves in the face of the immense task ahead. Pray that they will surround themselves with godly, wise counselors and listen to their advice.

We know that whether good or bad leaders are elected, God will work through them to accomplish his purposes.

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