"Duty is Ours; Results are God’s"

By Debbie Wuthnow

The last two years haven’t been easy.

We’ve endured rising debt, runaway inflation, open borders, and unprecedented attacks on our freedoms.  Public polling leading up to Election Day gave us hope that the seeming low approval numbers of the current administration and the anger of parents at the education establishment would bring an overwhelming wave of conservative victories . . . but that did not happen nationwide.  This is the time to realize that our plans and timelines are not perfectly aligned with God’s sovereign plan.  But as we await results from various races, there are glimmers of hope from parts of the country.

iVoterGuide researched over 13,000 candidates and was used by over five million voters across the nation, exceeding our goal!  Sadly, the ballot measures supporting life failed, and measures enshrining abortion into three state constitutions passed.  On the bright side, conservatives achieved victories in Florida, North Carolina, New York, and elsewhere and our team is analyzing the impact iVoterGuide had on those races.  I look forward to sharing those results in the coming weeks.

But at the 30,000 foot level, here is the main thing to keep in mind: We should not be overly discouraged—or encouraged—by the outcome of any one election, but trust our Sovereign God with the overall plan, and we each must resolve to continue to carry on our duties as Christians and holders of Judeo-Christian values.  As John Quincy Adams said during his seventeen-year fight in the House of Representatives to end slavery, “Duty is ours; results are God’s.”

At a certain point in life, I decided to memorize Hebrews chapter 12, which speaks about endurance as we run the race set before us. We fix our eyes on Jesus, who endured great opposition as He fulfilled the Father’s will and purchased our eternal salvation.  I encourage you to read that chapter and consider its relevance today:

“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood...It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons…He disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:3-4, 7, 10-11)

We continue to run the race God has set before us, even when victory does not come easily or quickly.  John Quincy Adams saw his race as a marathon, not a sprint, and he died before seeing the final outcome.  But he could rest in his faith that God holds the results . . . not just of every election, but every single act of obedience done in His name.  God calls us to be good stewards of all that He entrusts to us, which includes voting wisely.  iVoterGuide will be there for your upcoming elections in faithful service to our Lord and to you, the Judeo-Christian voter.

We are in a spiritual battle for America, and a friend reminded me of the truths in the old hymn, A Mighty Fortress is our God.

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing,
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly pow’rs, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth;
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

The outcome of this election provides an opportunity to lean on God, to be thankful for the good that has been accomplished by conservatives who never gave up—like the overturning of Roe v. Wade—and to remember that He knew the results of this election long ago.  Stay in the fight, and be comforted in these truths as we wait for His eternal kingdom to be established.

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