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When it’s all said and done

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The election’s over.

Some are elated; others are dejected. Some rave about their “victory,” while others opine over what the future holds.

But, when it’s all said and done, the God of Heaven is still on His Throne. And, there’s no one overseeing the affairs of any nation on earth who’s there except by God’s permission or direction.

Even though I’m not a dyed-in-the-wool Calvinist who believes in everything being predestined by God, I still believe in a sovereign God who gives us the will to choose — and ultimately everything’s going to turn out the way He wants.

Everything.

Including elections.

Perhaps I’m a bit jaded when it comes to partisan politics, politicians, graft, corruption, warped worldviews and values, but when it’s all said and done, I still believe in a just God Who’ll ultimately have His Way and there’s nothing you and I can do to thwart Him.

Nothing at all.

When it’s all said and done.

Does this mean I’m some sort of fatalist who sings “Que sera, sera, whatever will be will be; the future’s not ours to see, Que sera sera”?

Nope, not at all.

But, again, I’m a realist who believes that it didn’t matter who won the election, even though I think one candidate was better than the other. In reality, neither President Obama or Governor Romney can right the ills of our society — not when we, as a nation, are sorely divided when it comes to what’s right and wrong … absolute Truth vs. situational ethics…the rule of Law vs. doing what’s right in our own sight, etc.

No, when it’s all said and done, unless we repent as a nation and turn back to the God who led our forefathers to form these United States, we will end up like every other nation who self-destructed (e.g. Rome). And, if we’re still around when our house of cards (the USA) implodes, we’ll look back with 20-20 hindsight and wish we’d not been so hard-hearted and stiff-necked.

So, who won in the election?

No one.

Who lost?

We all did.

“Boy, aren’t you the chipper optimist?” someone said with a sarcastic tone.

“Yea,” chimes in another, “I believe our best days are still ahead of us.”

That’s fine. Go ahead and believe that if you want — but, sadly, as it was in the days of Belshazzar, the last of the neo-Babylonian kings, the “handwriting’s on the wall” (Daniel 5:1-25) and God’s Judgment is assured UNLESS we repent.

Dear Reader, let’s face it: There can’t be crooked politicians in leadership without crooked, ill-informed or deceived voters. And, we can’t expect God to bless this nation if we keep thumbing our noses at Him and prefer singing “I did it my way.”

As the farmers put it, “The chickens will come home to roost.” Or, as the believer in karma say, “What goes around comes around.” Or, as the Bible describes it, “The Law of the Harvest is true: You reap what you sow” (Galatians 6:6-9).

So, yes, when it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter who won the election. The sun’s still going to rise tomorrow. The economy’s facing a catastrophic implosion. The threat of terrorism’s going to continue to escalate.

But, that’s okay. God’s still on His Throne. His Truth will ultimately prevail. And, those who’ve placed their faith/trust in Him need not fear, for He will take care of His own—when it’s all said and done. Amen and amen.

To contact Bro. Tom or receive his daily e-mail devotional, entitled “Morning Manna,” write him at P.O. Box 582, Coushatta, LA 71019 or e-mail him at pressingon@hotmail.com.

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