4 Reasons to Release Election Distress - Your Daily Forward Devotional

4 Reasons to Release Election Distress
By Pastor Nat Crawford, Bible Teacher and Divisional President

Don't lie. You're nervous. We all are.

This “November” shows up every four years. We're nervous leading up to the election, and we are nervous once the election is over because we know in four more years we have to do it again. What may also contribute to election anxiety is my vote is one of millions cast—not offering me or you much of a sense of control.

Friend, there is no problem with being concerned about your neighborhood, your city, your state, and even our great country. But God never wants us to be anxious or worry about anything.

Let's take a moment and go back to the Bible to discover 4 reasons to release election distress.

God cares. God knows we all struggle with anxiety and doubt. The good news is that God sincerely cares. 1 Peter 5:6-7 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you.” No matter what causes you anxiety: elections, jobs, family, money, etc., God says, “I care. Tell me about it! I can do something about it!”

God moves. Because God is our heavenly Father, not only does He care, but He will do something about it. And it’s not just the everyday situations. He even moves in governments. Romans 13:1 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” God is in charge of all things – even governments. Yes, we pray. Yes, we vote. Yes, God cares. And God moves.

God listens. Regardless of the election results; regardless of the condition of your city or state; and regardless of the condition of your bank account or health—God cares, God moves, and God listens. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” My kids tell me, “Dad, worry about nothing! Pray about everything!” Why? Because God cares, and He listens! No matter your request, send it to God. Then trust Him.

God provides. What’s the result of our prayers? Remembering that God cares, God listens, God moves, remember too that He will provide. That’s why Philippians 4:7 continues, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” God promises in all circumstances peace that cannot be beaten. That’s because we have hope and hope eternal no matter what external circumstance we face.

Friend, November 3rd is quickly approaching. There is much at stake. But we do not need to worry. We know we can trust God because God cares. God moves. God listens. And God provides.

Every day pray. Cast your cares on Him. Ask the Lord to put the right people into place to fulfill His purposes. Trust God because He is trustworthy. And then sit back and rest in God’s peace.

I’m excited about God’s perfect answer. Are you?
Lord God, it is You who set up kings and it is You who remove them by Your power. Let Your will be done come November 3rd. Amen.
I vote God's choice for America whoever that may be, holding to the promise that all things will work out for the good of those who love God and walk according to his purpose. I pray for the peace of America
Amen! Jesus loves us, forgives us and is in control of all things! Trust and love him today.
Beautiful, please keep letting the Lord work through you. God bless you and all those you hold in your heart.
Thank you...when I start to worry, besides praying, my focus will be "God cares, moves, listens & provides", Amen.🙏😇🥰
yes" to God be all the glory
I am so grateful to the Lord our God. I recently started a new job and diligently started, and, keep God first. My goal for the first 12 months was to make a certain amount. I am beginning my 2nd month and have already reached my goal!!! Could not do any of it without my savior and Father. Lord, fix, and stay my heart and eyes on you, and you alone. In Jesus' name always, Amen.
Thanks Nat. Loved the article about you and Tiffany in the most recent newsletter. Keep up the good work.
God cares about every life He gives. In what you stated please remember not to judge for you do not walk in their shoes! Vote for Our Country not to one issue. For reminding you again not to judge. In Jesus name Amen.
God is in charge! Amen
Amen! Lord, "Not our will but Yours be done"!
There is no doubt in my mind who I will vote for! God cares about the unborn, therefore, so do I ! Jeremiah 1:5!
Thank you Brother Nat for reminding us all what God's word says, for it is the truth we need to hear and stand on. God so understands us. He shares how to get through these times, one day at a time, as you articulated, and then He helps us to do so by His spirit and sustains us.
Amen great advice to remember so thankful God is in cantrol
Thank you, Father, that you care about the election; and You care about what is happening in my family's life right now. And not only do You care, You are the Only One with the power and authority to bring about Your will, for Your glory and our good. Please help my unbelief...
I'm from Mexico, maybe we are not close to some elections nevertheless the same our country has its own problems, but thank God for his great love and protection, this advice was really useful, God bless you our brother Nat.
Thank you Pastor Nat for the reminder.
Graceful God hear my prayers.
In the mighty name of jesus christ, he hears all of our prayers, amen!!!
We are praying. God is in TOTAL control. Keep on trusting Him🙏🏽🙏🏽
Thank you Pastor Nat for the much needed reminder
Thank you for reminding me no matter what the situation or circumstances God is still in control.🙏🙏
Thanks Pastor Nat for helping us keep things in proper perspective. I'm reminded of a hymn that goes "Turn your eyes upon Jesus look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace."
Thank you. My family and I are under a lot of stress including this election but this shows me God is in control no matter what we face.