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A God-Centered Perspective

David Wells describes what we all experienced last night watching the coverage of the election:

“Secular writers force us to read the world from within a framework in which God’s moral will and saving intentions, his truth and his Christ, are never the criteria of meaning or importance. The biblical authors see everything from a theocentric viewpoint. The biblical writers compel us to read the world from this perspective, to see it in relation to the moral character of God and the ways in which he has disclosed his saving intentions in human history.”

Perhaps you need to give a serious listen to the biblical writers today after being forced by secular pundits to read the world within a framework where the saving intentions of God are never the criteria of meaning or importance. Perhaps today you need to breathe different air after watching Fox News or CNN or whatever last night. Perhaps you need the psalmist to remind you that regardless of the outcome of the election:

“The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.” Psalm 33:10-11

God isn’t surprised by this election. God rules over this election. His purpose proceeds today and cannot be frustrated. God’s purposes haven’t been frustrated by past elections and they won’t be by this election. This great truth frees the Christian from anxiety and fear.

John Newton provides us with a biblical perspective of this election when he wrote:

“The kings of the earth are continually disturbing the world with their schemes of ambition…But in all they do they are but servants of this great King and Lord and fulfill his purposes…They had one thing in view, he had another.”

Let’s trust the great King and Lord to fulfill his purposes.

This post is adapted from a sermon I preached at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville entitled, “A Flawless Election Prediction.”