Several Americans exercising their right to vote in the 2016 election.

Let’s make a list. The advantages of anxiety. We have so many opportunities to practice. Just look at the front page of any newspaper. It’s voting day, for goodness sake. Within a few short hours a new leader of the free world will be chosen. This is a perfect day to be anxious, right? This is a perfect opportunity for us to rehearse the many wonders of worry.

Here’s the first entry: worry helps our health. Lose sleep and you’ll live longer. A nervous stomach is a happy stomach, isn’t it? Actually, no. Worry has been cited for a swarm of sicknesses: heart trouble, high blood pressure, rheumatism, ulcers, colds, thyroid malfunction, arthritis, migraine headaches, blindness, and a host of stomach disorders. Worry, it seems, hurts our health. But, at least worry makes us feel better.

Worry brings joy. Entangle yourself in Election Day dread and you’ll be the happiest person on the block, right? Worry puts the blue in the sky, the spring in the step, and gives the song to the bird. A dose of fret spices up the day, does it not? We know better. Worry is to joy what a Hoover vacuum cleaner is to dirt: might as well attach your heart to a happiness-sucker and flip the switch.

Let’s keep thinking. Surely anxiety has some value. Even if it takes health and steals joy, doesn’t worry usher some blessing? How about this one: worry solves our problems. Treat your troubles to a good dose of fret and watch them evaporate. Correct? Hardly. Worrying about problems creates a new set of problems.

Then why do we worry so?

Simple, anxiety is the default reaction to the appearance of trouble. When a politician says: “The nation is in trouble!” it requires no action to believe him or her. Fear is highly contagious. There has been a lot of fear-peddling over the last few months.

It’s time to trust. It’s time for us to believe the motto on our coinage. “In God we trust.”

Let’s face it. Anxiety has no advantages. It ruins health, robs joy, and changes nothing. The Greek word the Bible uses for worry, merimnao, stems from the verb merizo (divide) and nous (mind). Worry cleavers the mind, splitting thoughts between today and tomorrow. What’s more, worry divides people. Fear causes citizens to rage against citizens, Americans to spew anger toward Americans.

Isn’t it time to trust?

The Bible calls God “the blessed controller of all things.[1]” Does “all things” include a presidential election? If your candidate wins, is God in control? If your candidate loses, is God in control? And, if God is in control, can we not trust Him?

It’s time to vote, to pray and, most of all, it’s time to trust.

©Max Lucado, November 8, 2016

[1] (1 Tim. 6:15 phillips).

14 comments on “Election Day – It’s Time to Trust

  1. God’s in Control

    Are you unhappy today?
    Not pleased with results?
    You do know who rules?
    Our God’s in control.

    There’s nothing so strong
    That could ever squeeze by
    God’s knowing power.
    He’s never surprised.

    This didn’t just happen.
    He already knew.
    All part of his plan.
    He’s just now showing you.

    Hold on to your virtues.
    Wait and just trust.
    Pray to get through
    And God’s will will be done.

    Lucinda Berry Hill Author ©

  2. You are a pillar of integrity Mr. Lucado. I wanted to write your name on my ballot. Thank you for being a courageous man of God, upholding the Chritian principles.

  3. Max,

    I concur. However, we must also act in faith. To believe our country will get better and not, in faithful action, do our part – is it not faithless or faithless essential? Worry not, but work it out in faithful obedience and yes, trust that God IS still in control.

  4. Yes the results of this election is in God’s plan. We pray for His will to be done. I’ve been praying for discernment in all areas of my life.
    Thank you Pastor Lacado for all that I learn from you.
    Carol Dawn Young

  5. Thank you for your words Mr. Lucado. And thank you all for the encouraging comments. Please pray for me. I’ve spent too much time and energy regarding this election. And my heart is broken.

  6. God works in mysterious ways that we can’t comprehend. God allowed His people to have things their way at times to reach them valuable lessons. He let their enemies triumph over them to shame them into obedience. He brought them to their knees to teach them that His Will prevails. He left them wandering in the wilderness when they embraced evil. When they built a golden calf He punished them for worshipping idols.
    No doubt God is in control. But the next four years could be one of His “corrections.”

  7. I’m hurting for those Trump has maligned, rejected, made fun of, and I’m hurting for our country. God is in control, of course. He’s not taken by surprise. But He allows people free will. I’m just sad to see so many Christians falling for the lie that is Trump. Thank you Mr Lucado, for speaking truth and wisdom.

  8. Thank you for good advice. It is encouraging to find you. I am sad for many reasons after the election, but mostly because I don’t know how to explain to unbelievers why many Christians elected Trump. And if I express this concern to some Christians, I am shunned. It truly feels like I can identify with the concerns of unbelievers more so than Christians. I do want to reach out to all people, so maybe this result is good? Trusting God, but trying to sort it all out! Thank you for listening.

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