In 2 Samuel 24 we read of the Prophet Gad who came to David at the height of his reign in Israel. Although Israel was enjoying property and were probably their most religious the people of God behaved badly and God used David to chasten the nation. But David let his anger override his better judgment and soon both David and Israel were under judgment. Gad told David that he had three choices, verse 13, three years of famine, three months of being pursued by his enemies, or three days of pestilence. None of the options were very palatable. That's why it is called judgement. The goal of judgment is not punishment but repentance; to turn back to the Lord and seek his face. David's very wise answer after a great deal of prayer was, verse 14, “I am in great distress. Let us fall into the hand of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but let me not fall into the hand of man.” The three days of pestilence was very severe, but when the three days ended so did the pestilence. Then David built an altar and offered up sacrifice and plead for himself and for his people to be forgiven and the plague was averted. There was a great deal of loss over those three days but David knew that if they landed in the hands of men they may never recover, but if they landed in the hands of God and repented that they would recover when they turned to God, and he would give them mercy.
In this election cycle (2016) I have seen and heard many express their dismay at our choices fro President. Their fear the bombastic behavior of Trump and his reality show campaign. They distrust Hillary and believe that everything will be up for sale to the highest bidder. And when they look at Johnson, not only do they not believe he has a chance but they question his ability, his policies, feel that there is no significant difference in his policies than the other two. He lacks credibility and moral authority as much as the other two. What is an American to do? Do the vote on party lines? Do we vote for the lesser of two evils, do we lodge a protest vote? Do we stay home and refuse to participate in system that seems to be rigged, and that increasing does not represent the people?
Or does it?
In this chapter of our society, as we rail against our political fiasco and question how, out of 330 Million people, we could end up with this handful of people to choose from, maybe its time to take stock of how we got here. Look at what a mess our society seems to be in. The racial strife, the political climate is hateful, and we must guard our every word for fear that someone MIGHT be offended, not because they actually care about each other, but out of fear of becoming the next target of social media. Our society has become so ready to vilify anyone and everyone. So then the reflection is, have we reaped what we have sown? Who would want to lead this mess? It looks like some kind of disturbing reality show.
Enter our three choices for President One doesn't even really have a chance, the other two, well one of them will be our next president. I have heard all the arguments about what each one will do. I'll be honest, I don't believe either of them. Today, my prayer is like that of King David in 2 Samuel 24.14 “I am in great distress. Let us fall into the hand of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but let me not fall into the hand of man.”
If you're not a Christian than this post is probably of little value to you. But to every Christian my plea is today is to consider that we are in fact under judgment, reaping what we have sown as a nation, and that we must lay down our agendas, our political ideologies, and pray. Pray for mercy and to fall into the hands of God, rather than the hands of men.