People need hope. I find those three words so powerful this morning I think I might just repeat them. People need hope! My people, your people, all people, God’s people. Hope.
I have yet to cross the threshold of the polling station today and in honesty I have spent the last few weeks in a painful mix of confusion, doubt, fear and increasing concern about the future of my country and the wider world. I have longed to find someone in a leadership position, politician or otherwise, whose arguments I believe I can trust. So much importance seems to be placed on economic or political kingdom building and yet my heart cries out that God’s Kingdom does not rest on such foundations. My uncertainty over todays decision for the UK did not come from double-sided arguments or unconvincing rhetoric. It came because I know in my soul that human kingdoms – political, economic or otherwise – will always be flawed. There is no right or wrong in the way I vote; yet there will be winners and losers in the end.
Then, this morning, just when I least expected it, God’s voice whispered into my soul and clarity came. ‘People need hope.’
An hour ago BBC Breakfast news were broadcasting footage of hundreds of Irish football fans laughing and crying with joy as their side beat the odds with a last minute goal against the mighty Italy – getting them through to knockout stages of Euro 2016. I am anything but a football fan but even I was laughing with the infectious joy of the Irish! And the lovely bit about it was Italy had already qualified and so there was a clear winner last night – but no loser. Everyone left the stadium with their hope intact and their heads held high.
My mind turns to a passage in Joshua when Joshua encountered the commander of the Lord’s army.
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”
The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
Joshua 5:13-15 (NIV)
This is my prayer as we go to the polls today – that the commander of the Lord’s army will come and establish His Kingdom – for He has no side in this argument. May there be no winners or losers, but a nation that rises up to build a Kingdom of truth and hope. A kingdom that will last forever.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:7 (NIV)
So I’m off out to the polls with the zeal of the Lord Almighty. My heart is lighter and my soul is rejoicing in the purposes of God this fine day.
May your vote be blessed with the spirit of the Lord and may His Kingdom reign in our land forever.
Director of National Ministries