Where We Can Put Our Hope

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“We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.” (Psalm 33:20-22)

The election season seems pretty grim to me this year and may I dare say even a little bit hopeless. I’ve been agonizing over candidates and feeling like sometimes the best I can do is “the lesser of the two evils.” Yet, that choice just doesn’t sit very well with me.  Surely there must be a better way?

That is why I was so encouraged recently by a sermon I heard recently entitled, “How Should A Christian Vote?”  Granted, I was a pretty skeptical at first when I opened up the bulletin to see such a sermon title.  My hackles were raised as I immediately anticipated disagreeing with the preacher as he told us who to vote for and why that was the “biblical” choice.

However, refreshingly enough this proved not to be the case.  Instead the pastor merely talked about the mindset a Christ-follower should have on which to base their voting power.  He shared quite a bit about things such as:

  1. Christians all have dual citizenship (our national one and our heavenly one).  But the fact that we are “fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household” should carry the most weight (Ephesians 2:19).
  2. Christians all have a calling in life to keep a heavenly, God-ward perspective about things (Philippians 3:20), to continue striving to grow in godliness both personally and as a nation (Proverbs 14:34), and to be salt and light on this earth (Matthew 5:13-16).
  3. Christians should consider to consequences of “the rebellious exalting themselves before God” as He watches over the nations (Psalm 66:7).
  4. Christians shouldn’t put their faith in financial security (Psalm 135:15) or national security (Psalm 33:16-17) but on God’s promise found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 which states, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

All the items on this list served as good reminders to me of where I should be placing my identity.  Not in being a Washingtonian, not in being a Northwest native, not in being an American, but in being a follower of Christ!  Now, I also do realize that two different people can read that same list and then go out and vote in two entirely different ways but that is not my point.

My point instead is found in the verses from the top of this blog post, Psalm 33:20-22, which I think bears repeating,

“We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.”

I think what got my attention and what changed my heart and mind about this election season was truth in that last verse – We (Christ-followers) should put our HOPE in the Lord!  This means our hope is not found in the next president of the United States, in the next Supreme Court justice, in the next bill Congress passes, or in a particular political party.  No, our hope should be found in God alone.

Therefore, the things which we fear may come to pass (and which very well might) in our country, in our nation, should not drive us to despair.  Instead, we should remain ever hopeful as we remember and recognize God’s sovereignty through it all.  The congregational refrain that began and ended the church service I attended was this:  “God is good, all the time.  All the time, God is good.”  I want to remember this truth during this election season – and always!

**I’m linking up with Holley Gerth’s Coffee For Your Heart today.  Click on the image below to find other great posts in the linkup too!** 

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2 thoughts on “Where We Can Put Our Hope

  1. Heather

    I agree it’s a season that’s not my favorite either- the lesser of two evils can’t be good! But to put it in a heavenly perspective– of where our hope should be which is on God and not man– sure helps ease the confusion… Thanks for the great reminder. Happy to link up beside you at Holley’s today!

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  2. sandraj2015

    Hi, Your post grabbed me from the start with my favorite Psalm 33. Beautiful thoughts on hope and relating it to the election. Glad to be your neighbor at Holley’s today, and a fellow Pacific Northwest gal! Blessings!

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