What’s Happening Wednesday: Foregone Conclusions

Today the U.S Congress is supposed to certify the U.S presidential election. It is normally considered a formality, but several lawmakers have stated their intentions to vote against certifications. Most agree that it is a stall tactic and will perhaps delay the process, but that at the end of the day, the election will be certified. It’s a foregone conclusion, they all say.

I don’t like this term. It assumes too much. It takes for granted traditions, norms, laws, and even people’s stated intentions, which are all easily broken. We have all seen traditions and norms thwarted, laws go unenforced, and people changing their minds just because they could.

As a Christian, though, I believe in a God who keeps his word, even when electors, or for that matter, elected officials do not. I believe in a God who puts his word even above his name (Psalm 138:2). Matthew 5:18 says basically says that until it is fulfilled, God’s law will remain unchanged, even in the slightest. I have faith in what God says, what God has done, and what he said he’s going to do.

So when God says there is a place prepared for me, that I am protected, and that there are provisions for me, then that’s what I believe. No matter how the news plays out today, I believe what God has said. Those are the only foregone conclusions I dare to trust.

Man is fickle, but God remains faithful. So while we’re watching whatever drama might play out today in the most recent iteration of the never-ending election cycle, remember this:

“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” Isaiah 46:9-10.

It’s all in his hands.

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