Rejoicing—before and beyond elections

A phrase in the Bible’s book of Psalms captures how we often seem to view political opponents today: “The man [or woman] who bringeth wicked devices to pass” (Psalms 37:7). Yikes!

Even if opposing candidates were to pose the existential threat we might think they do, the psalmist’s counsel that leads into the observation above stands: “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” 

So much seems at stake in elections that dreading what we believe would be the wrong result feels like a rational response. But while fear saps our sense of empowerment, looking beyond the daily political ups and downs, we perceive the one power already and always at work that’s forever established, impartially beneficent, and completely incorruptible.

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