Last night the United States of America elected a new President. It was a historic event as, for the first time in our nation’s young history, we elected a person who has never held public office or served as a military general.
Going back to 1776, America has elected 45 different Presidents. Of those 45, five of them were only generals before becoming President. What’s remarkable about that is the fact that, in other nations, generals often rise to power and then—once secured—position themselves as dictators and despots, never to abdicate. Castro, for example, led the Cuban revolution and then presided over the increasingly poverty-stricken land until his death. In the US, every election is called a “peaceful revolution.” And yet, we have often elected generals, who—after four or eight years—willingly gave up the power to another. When General George Washington assumed the presidency (unanimously, mind you) he could have become a king. In fact, King George III of England said “If Washington gives up the Presidency he will be the greatest man in the world.”
After eight years, he gave it up.
Other than that five, countless vice presidents, governors, secretaries of state and congressmen have sought and attained the highest office. And, as the office has become more and more powerful, it has attracted many power-hungry people. And yet, every four or eight years, the power is relinquished voluntarily, even sometimes to a loathed rival, and the beat goes on.
It’s a remarkable thing that many Americans sometimes take for granted. The idea that someone who has sought the most powerful seat of power on earth would willingly walk away from it, simply because “that’s the American way” is, to repeat myself, remarkable.
But last night, we handed the keys to a man who only began seeking the office 18 months ago. He wasn’t a general ready to command the American army. He wasn’t a career-politician who dreamed of being President one day. He was just a businessman. He was a private citizen mogul. And now he’s “the most powerful man in the free world.”
But Donald Trump is not the big winner from last night.
Likewise it should not be said that the Republican Party—which secured a majority in both chambers of congress (a first clean-sweep in a Presidential Election since the 1920’s)—is the big winner. And further still, let us not say that the big winner was “white America” or “middle America” or “midwestern America” or anything like that.
No the real winner is the King who rules in the Kingdoms of men (Daniel 4:32). God is the big winner because God—from the beginning of all nations in history—has been the One in control.
Last night, and for weeks preceding last night, many people prayed to God that Donald Trump would win. Likewise did many people pray that Hillary Clinton would win.
The same prayer was uttered (“please let my candidate win!”) on both sides, and when the dust cleared, God answered “yes” to some and “no” to others. What does that mean?
It means God’s Will was done.
And as His prayerful people, we have to accept His Will, trust His Will, and keep praying. Because we don’t always get a “yes” and we don’t always get a “no” but we will always have a Father who gives us what we need. Sometimes we need a good spanking. And sometimes we need a second chance.
Either way, Thy Will Be Done!