Election results have no eternal consequence

Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. I Thess. 5:17-18

In this divisive political season I’ve heard and read rhetoric about “God’s will” in this election. Occasionally, some of this rhetoric offered well-reasoned, good-intentioned, scripturally-supported reasons from apologists for every party explaining why voting for a particular candidate was “God’s will” or the “Christian” way to vote. And there is even more rhetoric that contains inflammatory, knee-jerk, reactionary rhetoric. What if the “this is God’s will” refers to “be thankful” rather than “circumstances.” (It does, after all say “in” not “for.”) God’s solution to all circumstances is Jesus, Redeemer of circumstances, King of all that is Eternal,  from before the foundation of the world. Today’s election results have no eternal consequence and only as much power to disrupt our peace and trust as we allow them to have.

Lord, thank You for Your elegant solutions and loving hand that moves beyond the possibilities circumstance presents.