It’s election day. And maybe you are like me, headed to vote with a bit of an anxiety hanging around your heart. It all seems so big – our nation and her troubles. As a believer for many years, I know my solid foundation. But as a human, I am fighting to keep my feet on it.
To remain fearless. To see God in it all.
My oldest girl, Collins, has been asking me lately if I would protect her. As I tiptoe out of her room evening after evening, she will pop her head out of her sheets and look at me with sleepy eyes and ask, “But who will protect me, Mommy?” I lean down and whisper, “God.” And there is a knowing in the air around us. She lays her head down in full understanding that God will protect her. I am teaching her to be fearless. Even at three years old.
What she doesn’t know is that this question is one she will ask those around her for the rest of her life. Will her friendships protect her, or will a close friend betray her? If she gets married, she will wonder if the man she gives herself wholly to, will give himself wholly back to her. She will find herself asking God, whether she knows Him or not, if He will protect her.
It is how we are hard-wired — seeking protection.
Habakkuk was a man who had good reason to ask for protection. In fact, it seems as though he was facing situations similar to the ones we are facing today. He complained to the Lord, and his words came out like sandpaper.
(See if you can resonate as you march to a polling place today).
“How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! ‘Violence is everywhere!’ I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight. The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted.” (Habakkuk 1:2-4, NLT)
Couldn’t these words be taken from our mouths? Couldn’t they be found in our journals or around our dinner tables as we have watched unruly debates, grimaced at ugly Facebook newsfeeds, and witnessed the Church endure its own share of squabbles around Donald and Hillary?
And then the Lord, in His kindness, answered Habakkuk:
“Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it. I am raising up the Babylonians, a cruel and violent people. They will march across the world and conquer other lands. They are notorious for their cruelty and do whatever they like. Their horses are swifter than cheetahs and fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their charioteers charge from far away. Like eagles, they swoop down to devour their prey.” (Habakkuk 1:5-8, NLT)
You didn’t read that wrong, dear sister. You read it full right. God was using evil (Babylonians) for good. Matter of fact, He was raising up evil to do a new thing. But Habakkuk still couldn’t handle it. All of his humanness raged against this system of God’s. I can imagine Him wailing at Heaven—
“Will you let them get away with this forever? Will they succeed forever in their heartless conquests?” (Habakkuk 1:17, NLT)
Because haven’t you wailed at heaven a bit this election season?
But take heart! Here it is! Claim this as your own, because God is working everything out for good. We see it when He tells Habakkuk what will come for those who do evil:
“What sorrow awaits you who build cities with money gained through murder and corruption! Has not the Lord of Heaven’s Armies promised that the wealth of nations will turn to ashes? They work so hard, but all in vain! For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the Lord.” (Habakkuk 2:12-14, NLT)
Dear sister, as you walk into the polling place today, as you take a pen to fill in tiny little squares that will shift our nation’s policy and future, know this: God’s glory will not be clouded. Not by Donald Trump, not by Hillary Clinton. You can remain fearless because as the waters fill the sea, His glory will pierce through to make new ways that our human minds could never conceive. Be fearless, warrior girl! Vote with a clear conscience and complete confidence. Trust that God is protecting you. And watch His glory go forth.