For the kingdom is the Lord’s, And He rules over the nations. (Psalm 22:28 NKJV)
When I first realized that I’d officially be eighteen in plenty of time to vote in this next election, I was planning to stay out of it. I’ve never been a fan of politics. As it has grown closer and closer to the date, I finally registered in August after the Lord put on my heart the importance of my vote.
The last few weeks especially He has shown me this: the fact that I (& many others) turned 18 in 2012, of all years, is no coincidence at all. Before He created the Heavens I was established in His thoughts. My life was written in His book. It was written the days fashion for me where I’d be old enough to vote in this specific and historic election. The Lord purposely placed me (and you) in this day and age, in this country, in this generation so that I could stand for Him and be a voice in this election. A young voice, but a voice for God none the less.
Another thing the Lord has been stirring in my heart is the importance of taking advantage of the priviledge to vote as a woman. We are now able to freely stand as a voice in our generation thanks to some brave women who took a risk so we could became a voice. Why wouldn’t we accept this gift that others have fought for and that the Lord has allowed to be handed down as an inheritance. We need to view this as the honor and priviledge it is. We get to freely accept a victory that has been fought for and won for us.
Although I know little about government, politics, and laws.. I do know a lot about God, His heart for our nation, His heart for His people. I have a good grasp on what brings Him joy and what breaks His heart. As I’ve been praying about this election and asking the Lord to direct my hand and heart, He has shown me the importance of my own vote.
Although this election is made up of a big number of people, my vote matters to God. With conviction and reverence for His name and His heart, I’m counting it a priviledge to be able to vote in this election at my age. I know that God strategically made this possible knowing that my vote, for His glory, counts. No matter what I think about politics, I know that His government is an everlasting one and on that do I place my vote always. His word is my lamp and the lamp of our nation.
Whether or not you know exactly who you are voting for in this election, don’t forget to pray. Invite the Holy Spirit to have His way in this election and in your vote. For your vote to count in the eyes of God it needs to be established and decided upon in the secret place of prayer.
The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined. You have multiplied the nation And increased its joy; They rejoice before You According to the joy of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For You have broken the yoke of his burden And the staff of his shoulder, The rod of his oppressor, As in the day of Midian. For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle, And garments rolled in blood, Will be used for burning and fuel of fire. For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:2-7 NKJV)