I have written a great deal about the presidential campaign over the last year, and I think it’s only appropriate to share some things that I am grateful for now that it’s all over.
1. The Sovereignty of God. I am so grateful to serve a Savior who once looked into the eyes of a calculating Roman politician and said, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above.” Jesus knew what has been true all along about the kingdoms of men. They rise and fall according to the ordination of a sovereign God. “The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes” (Daniel 4:25). God works all things after the counsel of His own will (Ephesians 1:11), and He promises to cause all things to work together for good to those who love God and who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). God has presided over today’s result with an inscrutable wisdom, and I am thankful for that.
2. Common Grace. We are sinners and do not deserve rulers who maintain peace and order in society. Nevertheless, God gives us governing authorities for our good (Romans 13:4) in order to stem the tide of human evil and so to deliver us from ourselves. Almost any government is better than no government, and I am so very grateful for the Lord’s provision in this regard.
3. The Kingdom of Christ. The world is groaning under a curse (Genesis 3; Romans 8:20), and no politician or party will be able to reverse it. King Jesus will be the One to set the world to rights. The day is coming (sooner than we expect) when Christ will come and set the cosmos free from its slavery to corruption (Romans 8:21). Though we grieve now that the unborn are slaughtered by the millions, the Lord will be their justice in the great day. After triumphing over all His enemies, God will wipe every tear away and make all things new (Revelation 21:4-5). This is a hope worth living and dying for, and no politician or human government can thwart God’s redemptive purposes for human history.
There is much more that could be said, but these are the things that are most on my heart tonight. We have so much to be grateful for, and what better time to say so than today (1 Thessalonians 5:18).