AFTER THE ELECTION
In the year of King Uzziah’s death, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty
and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Isaiah 6:1
In the 1993-1994 NBA season, the Seattle Supersonics posted a league best 63-19 record. They were the odds on favorite to win the championship… but they were upset in the first round by the lowly, 8th seeded Denver Nuggets. It was a total shocker!! Coach George Karl was sick to death at the collapse of his team. When interviewed the following day, he said in essence, “I could not feel sicker. Yet when I woke up early this morning and saw the sunrise, I knew it was going to be okay, and I was going to get through this. The sun had still come up.”
After any election, nearly half of the people are feeling down, discouraged and depressed.
What are we to do when we have the Post Election Blues? Remember Isaiah!
King Uzziah was a good king. He reigned for 52 years in Judah and followed God fairly well for most of time of the throne. Under Uzziah, the nation prospered and was very strong economically and militarily. But now, he was dead. And Isaiah was concerned… to say the least. What changes were going to take place now that a new king was assuming the throne? What was going to happen spiritually… economically… militarily?
God gave Isaiah a vision to calm his fears and concerns:
GET YOUR EYES ON ME. Isaiah saw the Lord. You and I need to see Him too. The Lord is the real King. He sat as King at the flood… and He sits as King forever (Ps. 29:10). He is in charge of everything. His greatness and power know no limit.
Regardless of who is President, God is the everlasting King who answers prayer (sometimes not in the way we want, but He still answers) and promises to take care of His children. Keep looking to Him… and keep putting Him first in your life.
GET YOUR HEART ON MISSION. Isaiah saw the Lord - the great, powerful and HOLY God of the universe. When He saw God’s holiness, he saw his own sinfulness. He cried out, “Woe is me, for I am ruined!” And God took away His sin. God brought forgiveness and cleansing… and sent Isaiah on a mission to “go and tell” the people about the Lord. God has given His children today the same mission.
You and I must go and tell people about the One who died and rose again. We must tell people about the Savior who is both holy and ready to forgive. We need to be a witness for Christ through our life (“you shall be holy for I am holy”) and through our lips.
I believe the Lord Jesus is coming soon. Early on Wednesday morning, I awoke with 1 Thes. 4 on my heart. It was as if God said to me, “The rapture is coming soon.” Perhaps this shift to the left in U.S. leadership is just God’s way of setting the stage for His imminent return. Perhaps these election events are going to be used by God to usher in the greatest revival our land has ever seen before the rapture hits.
If so, I want to be faithful to the Lord to:
- Pray. Pray for the nation and its leaders, regardless of party affiliation or core beliefs. Pray for myself and God’s people to get right, stay right and stand up for righteousness, in spite of persecution and ridicule.
- Witness. People desperately need to hear the truth: “I [Jesus] am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (Jn. 14:6).
- Trust Him. God does His greatest work in the worst situations. The greatest miracle in the New Testament, apart from the resurrection of Christ, was the resurrection of Lazarus. Lazarus was four days dead (he was “stinking” dead) and already buried. All hope was gone. It appeared to everyone that Jesus had not come through as Mary and Martha had hoped and prayed for. Yet the Lord used these circumstances to bring about an even more amazing miracle that caused MANY to believe in Him.
I am believing God for His greatest work to come out of these difficult circumstances in America. “He is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all we ask or think.” Will you choose to rejoice and believe with me?
Jeff Schreve is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. He and his wife Debbie have been married for over 20 years and are blessed with three wonderful girls.
Jeff began From His Heart Ministries, a radio and television ministry, in January of 2005. This ministry is completely listener/viewer supported. It continues only through the faithful and generous gifts of people like you. Pastor Jeff takes no salary from this ministry. All gifts go to further the broadcast.