his is the sentiment of many as we watch the debates and news coverage of this election. Most of us can hardly stand the vitriol and nastiness of our election season.  I, for one, don’t think it will be this ugly again…until our next presidential election.

But I have it on very trustworthy authority that there is no sweat on God’s upper lip. Consider these words from Isaiah 40:15, “…for all the nations of the world are but a drop in the bucket.  They are nothing more than dust on the scales. [The Lord] picks up the whole earth as though it were a grain of sand…”

Sometimes we get so caught up on the cares of this life that we forget there are far bigger things at stake. These “drops in the bucket” have occurred throughout history and will continue until Christ’s return. No doubt they are important and have consequences, but what history is truly about makes these “cares” like dust on a scale. What history is truly about is God’s redemptive work. History is all about the Gospel.

Jon Bloom, in an article titled, “Lord, Help Me Know Right from Wrong” wrote, “God knows how to tear down the proud (Proverbs 15:25), humiliate the devil and his angels (Colossians 2:15), and keep his saints walking by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). And he often orchestrates events in such a way that no one fully sees his stunning victory coming, until it bursts upon us like a thief in the night. God will reveal to us all someday how all the raging of the nations served to do what his hand and his plan had predestined to take place (Acts 4:25-28).”

So now, as we watch this election unfold and participate as Christ-centered citizens, it’s encouraging to review the four primary ways God is using us to be a part of His-story as we “equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12):