The US election result is IN at the time of my writing. It’s unofficial but unless the other side can prove corruption in postal ballots, Mr Trump will step aside and Mr Biden will take over on 20th January.
How to cope: for those who have “lost”
For those who’s candidate and policies appear lost, we must pray and we must love. GOD may have a new way to continue the shift towards Godly ways in Western society, that the American administration sought.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1John 4:18)
If your concern for the nation and for the world has increased as a result of the election result in the US, please be encouraged: as you love, you not only challenge your own torment, but the ploys of the evil one are also overcome.
This requires great contemplation, with or without regard for the election result. Selah, as the Bible uses in Psalms. Selah marks a pause for reflection, and we must do much of this moving forward.
Love in our personal lives
We who know Jesus are called to love. And where we know we are loved by Our LORD, and where we know we are called to love others, we will have no torment, no fear, no doubt, no shame; in Jesus there is only love.
In my own life, I have been contemplating this truth. I have much more to contemplate. But as I take stock, take time, take the Word, I realise:
I fear much. That comes from a weakness to control. Control is ungodly. I surrender my desire to control.
I am tormented sometimes. That comes out of a yearning for a different reality.
I love much. Therein lies my grace toward others and GOD’s grace toward me.
Perfect love is possible. Perfect love is fearless. As I love GOD, as my faith grows, as I trust Him, I am not afraid for others nor for myself.
Those who are called by GOD are few. Those who respond are fewer. But when I love GOD, and entrust others to Him, I know I’ve done all I can for them. And fear subsides.
As to the election and the future of the world?
We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and rulers of this Age (Ephesians 6)
When I look at those whom I do not trust who hold political power, I refuse to hate. Instead, I look to GOD for justice and mercy: Mercy for those who are are under an evil influence, and Justice to those who do evil.
The world IS in decline. We who know the resurrected Jesus hold the key to eternal life. As evil influences the world more and more, how much more must we live in love and pray for GOD’s mercy before judgment.
“Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace that brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.”*
We pray for more love in us
Love is the starting point, not for healing in nations but healing in hearts. Then, the healing of nations will follow.
Hallelujah. We despair not. Love holds the key. Perfect love, like peace which passes all understanding, holds the power for life, joy, and the overcoming of all else.
This is not a quick fix. We must take time to reflect and to pray. It will take time. Selah
*from hymn, Amazing Grace by John Newton