Devotion: The Lot Has Been Cast

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. Proverbs 16:33

This is a sobering verse when we consider last night’s incredible election result.  Both Democrats and Republicans are in shock.  Neither side projected this kind of turnaround.

But, the lot was cimg_0602ast.

Notice it is not the Democrat vote, or the Republican vote that decided.  It is not that one group was wiser than the other.  The outcome was not because one side was better than the other, or more patriotic, or closer to God, or because God took a side.  The outcome was because it was God’s decision. Why?

We do not have the answer.  We cannot see two seconds into our future.  Each side can speculate, conjecture, presume, surmise and imagine, but Mr. Trump won that election because it was God’s decision.

Will he be a better President than Mrs. Clinton would have been.  My judgment tells me he will be, but that is not my call.  I only cast the lot, God decided.  Therefore, we must not become smug or proud, arrogant or flippant to Democrats and others who cast their lot too.  In His Sovereign Providence, God decided.  So what do we do now?

For the Christian, we pray.  We need to learn to pray.  Prayer is not deliberate for many Christians, it happens on the fly.  Not that quick prayers are bad, but every Christian needs to sit down; meet with God, and spend an allotted amount of time with the Decision Maker, confessing sins, praying for grace and humility, asking Him to bless our leaders.  My sermon last Sunday gives tips on how you can spend more time in prayer; You can listen to it here.

For the one who is not a Christian, believe.  Jesus said, “Believe in Me and you will have everlasting life.”  He promised, “For God so loved the world He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”  Believe in Jesus today and experience joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Our nation is in deep moral crisis.  This election has not solved that.  Let us pray, read the Word of God, and proclaim the good news to others.  The fight is on, perhaps even more violently than before.



Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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