Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” vs. 10Psalm 46:7-11
It doesn’t take much to get really agitated on the eve of elections. We’re told by politicians of every stripe that disaster will surely come if their opponents win. We get emails and text messages every day saying that our contributions are sorely needed to stave off the last-minute attack ads that are proliferating in the media. And it’s upsetting to us! Even though we’ve gone through this many times before in our election cycles, there’s a tendency to believe that this time our democracy is at stake. Now it is true that elections are consequential, and we should be involved, but there’s a point at which our anxieties become damaging to our relationships. Even our souls are affected! While the psalmist couldn’t have conceived of such a thing as a national election, he does have some sound advice for us as he speaks for the Lord, “Be still, and know that I am God!” The world is not going to come to an end next week. Yes, there will be winners and losers; some of us will be happy and others sad. But God is working through all and in all. Recognizing that, perhaps our best recourse might be to keep our mouths shut and focus on our precious relationships. God is God and we are not! And perhaps that’s the best news of all!
Thought for the Day: Why are elections consequential?