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A Mighty Fortress

"America does everything better than any other country, including getting things wrong", said one of my favourite speakers. As the election day draws near, many of us are worried where the United States of America is heading both politically and spiritually. The rhetoric surrounding the major political parties and their campaigns have been full of malice and conceit from day one. Seeing the process of a presidential election in the U.S for the first time, first hand,  has made me somewhat vocal on social media. This has caused some of my friends wonder why, given the fact that I am Sri Lankan and am ineligible to vote in the U.S elections.

I care because America, through God's providence, is a country that's given me second chances I wouldn't have had elsewhere. Believe it or not, I love America. I also believe that the presidential election here not only determines the future of the nation, but also the course of the rest of the world. The United States of America is still a super power and the presidents Americans elect, hold the key to the highest human office ever know to mankind. I care because I do want a sensible future for this country and the rest of the world.

But sometimes my 'caring', anxiousness and that of others over such mundane affairs doesn't really make a difference because without God's will, nothing ever happens. King Solomon, in his God given wisdom, sings out the truth that "unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain" wonderfully in Psalms 127 and goes on to say "..The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord" in Proverbs 16  verses 32 and 33.  And God, in His omniscience, knows, allows and directs the courses of nations as He wills. He does this so because futile creatures like us grow more dependent on Him and realise that we are part of His story- not ours. Surely, it is sometimes impossible for us to make sense of the chaotic nature of what the outcome of this election would mean, and comprehend God's plans for this country and the world amid this storm. However, we can trust in Him to be the architect of time because He has never failed, not even once, and never will. It reminds me of the psalmist's proclamation in Psalm 11 where he addresses his concern and the hope he finds in the everlasting God. This God gives me hope because I am thoroughly convinced that I am still under the jurisdiction of the ascended Christ who was and is and is to come, regardless of who is elected.

I am constantly reminded and am humbly convinced that God does not favour any nation - this is true in the case of America and my beloved homeland Sri Lanka. God is constantly at work, election year after election year, putting together a company of people that no one can number from every tribe, nation, and language throughout the world. He is the overseer of the affairs of all nations, and this eradicates my worries because the God who reigns supreme has got my concerns and that of others under His wings. Regardless of who is elected come Tuesday, I can go to sleep peacefully, knowing that He is our Refuge. He is our Helper, Provider and Sustainer. As Martin Luther beautifully sings, He truly is the Mighty Fortress, a bulwark never failing.


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