“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”
Jn. 10:27-28 ESV
Please forgive the length of today’s blog post. I’m sending you a request on this “Election Eve” that is admittedly offbeat but has nothing to do with whether you’ve voted, or will vote, or want to vote, or even for whom you choose to vote.
I’ve been on my face before God more times than I – and probably He – would care to count in the past months asking that His Spirit impart wisdom to American citizens regarding the decisions that will be finalized (hopefully?) tomorrow. With some reluctance I admit that, while I know that I know that I know my LORD is in control of everything that has to do with anything, at times my heart grows heavy thinking of the issues at stake in this election, particularly those of a moral and social nature.
Whether that heaviness got the better of me late this afternoon or I ended up in some divinely-orchestrated experience remains a missing link in the unsolved puzzle that is my life; either way, what happened was quite out of the ordinary for me. During the latest of many times of seeking God’s grace, mercy and protection for this nation that has strayed from Him in so many ways, I grew restless, then outright angry with the state of America. Finally, I opened the back door, stepped out into our yard, looked at the beautiful red and gold and orange hues hanging from trees grown by their Creator, and in a totally impromptu and uncharacteristic move began telling the enemy exactly what I had to say. Out loud, just to be sure the enemy heard.
“This country is not yours. America belongs to God. Jehovah. YAHWEH. He alone created this land, everything that’s on it, everyone who’s in it. It’s all HIS, and because I’m a co-heir with His Son, it’s mine too. God has allowed America to let you establish some strongholds over her, Satan, but here’s the deal: God causes every last thing to work together for the good of those who love Him according to His purpose. He is Alpha, Omega and everything in between. Everything that has breath was created by Him and is subject to Him…that’s right, even you. So regardless of whichever candidates and whichever platforms are chosen this week, America belongs to God. He and His children Will. Not. Let. You. Take. Her. Get your wicked, sad self behind us!”
My request of you is this… I know that you have prayed and are praying exhaustively for God to be with our country and leaders always, and particularly during this season. That is such an important and reverent part of the election process. If you feel comfortable doing so, however, would you take an extra step today, find a place to be alone or – even better – with one or more other prayer warriors, and let the enemy know that in Christ we are in no way willing to surrender this country to him?
I hope you’ll find the experience to be as powerful as I did.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. Feel free to share it. May the Father, Son and Holy Spirit richly bless your week.