Sweltering heat; pounding heart; cramping pain in her throat and chest. Feeling as if crushed by a boulder, she gasps for air with lungs that just won’t fill. Lips parched and cracked. Desperate for water. Fleeing. Frightened; yet trudging on. A spring of water in the distance. If I can make it to the spring, maybe, just maybe.
Ever feel like this? What? Isn’t this is a physical scenario? True. However, anxiety, worry, fear, etc. can cause this type of emotional experience.
I know I have felt like this in the past, but with faith in God, I thought it was behind me. Yet, as November 8th rolls around, I find these feelings creeping in and overwhelming. Exasperated, I want to run, but there’s nowhere to run. So I scream, “Lord God, what are you doing?”
Then He gently reminds me of Hagar. Hagar? Yes, Hagar. Her experience was physical and also emotional. “…the Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness…”
“…Where have you come from and where are you going?” He asked.
“Fleeing,” she said. “From my mistress.”
“Return and submit. And when you do, you will bear a healthy son whom you shall call Ishmael, because the Lord has heard your affliction.”
God heard. Amazing. Hagar then worshiped the Lord right there at the spring. She said, “’You-Are-the-God-Who Sees’ and I have seen Him who sees me.”
So what can we learn from Hagar’s encounter? First, God loves us and since He cares about the life of a poor, abused servant girl, He cares about our lives. Second, God hears even when we don’t cry to Him. And third, God sees. He intervenes and orchestrates events that fit His plan best.
Why? Scripture says, “…the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…” because, His “…eyes…are on the righteous…His ears are open to their cry.” (2 Chronicles 16:9; Psalm 34:15)
Our God is great and YES, He sees what’s going on in our country. He is neither shocked by the choices we have in this election nor is He outside ringing His hands. In this tumultuous election our only choice is to vote for the lesser of the two evils. Yet some Christians say they won’t ever vote for evil. Neither will I, but is this year really any different than the others? Hasn’t the lesser of the two evils almost always been our choice? No candidate is perfect – they are sinners just as we are. So, we must decide which candidate lines up closest with Biblical principles and vote for them.
When you do, be comforted by Nebuchadnezzar’s words, “…the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.” (Daniel 4:32) Almighty God sets up kings and deposes kings. No one can stay His hand or say to Him, “What have you done?” God is in control. I believe He will put in office the candidate that will serve His purpose best. But, we MUST do our part, so pray. Sure, we sometimes we pray amiss. But God also says, we have not because we do not ask Him. So, ASK – PRAY HARD – VOTE WISELY and REMEMBER: Our God is ALL:
Protecting. Correcting. Loving. Ruling.