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Blessed be the Lord!
    For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
 my heart exults,
    and with my song I give thanks to him.

 The Lord is the strength of his people;
    he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
 Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!
    Be their shepherd and carry them forever.

 Psalm 28:6-9
Help! I’ve been watching political speeches all week. Why do I do this to myself?
Tonight I need to be reminded of GOD’s Word. The promise is that our strength is in the Lord, not in political parties or candidates is very encouraging.
As I listened to the litany of promises tonight, I realized that too many of them are dependent on things outside of the promiser’s control. It is way too difficult to control the ability of people to work together, to cooperate, to get together to pass laws, and do it at the incredibly slow speed of government. We can  hope for change, pray for change and work toward it. We can vote for those we believe will bring the change we most desire, but in the end, it is GOD who is in control.
So as we work and wait and watch, we trust in the only One who is fully able to keep all His promises…the One who is our Strength and Shield. In a world that has often felt a bit upside-down lately, the thought that the Lord is the strength of His people and a saving refuge for us is very encouraging and hopeful.
What comfort in the days ahead as we face unknown challenges. How encouraging to know that GOD is our help and refuge!                                                           stop
In November, I will have no illusions. The candidate I vote for will be far from a perfect candidate. Even in the times when I was excited about my candidate, I realize that my hope was in the wrong place. Facing the future these days requires that we vote for frail humans. We take off our blinders. These are people that will never live up to what they want to accomplish. There are too many forces fighting against them…within them and outside of them.

Is GOD using this election to push us to trust Him instead of wonderful, seemingly perfect candidates?

If so, it will be a good thing. Forcing us to take our refuge in Him to lead our nation and raise up godly people to work together will root us more deeply in Christ. It will deepen our hope that our life is not rooted here, but in a city whose designer and builder is GOD! That can only be good for all of His children! He is way more trustworthy than certain political leaders or parties. He is able to work way beyond all of that. I’m excited to see what He will do in November and beyond.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place
that he was to receive as an inheritance.
And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land,
living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations,
whose designer and builder is God.
For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 
If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out,
they would have had opportunity to return.
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.
Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God,
for he has prepared for them a city.
Hebrews 11:8-10, 14-16