May the Lord Do What Seems Good to Him

By: Chris Johnson

As I was returning from voting this morning I was thinking about the implications of this election. When the Bible uses “generations” as a measurement of time, it’s referring to a roughly 40-year period. Roe v. Wade, in its 49 years in affect, has thus literally allowed the culling of an entire generation. There ought to be a multitude more of Americans looking ahead to their 50th birthday next year, instead of what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe V. Wade.

Of course, the pro-life movement is also almost 50 years old. Like our Newaygo County Right to Life President, Dee DeKryger, some have been fighting this evil in our nation and state for almost half a century. The prayers of millions were answered when the Supreme Court overturned Roe, and we must not make the mistake of ascribing that victory to human efforts, except in that God has used His people to begin to restore justice.

As Michigan’s election exemplifies, the fight against abortion is not over with the Supreme Court’s decision. Because of our wicked governor and her supporters, Michigan has gone from having the most pro-life statutes in place to being in danger of becoming one of the most pro-abortion, anti-family, pro-death states in the country. It is no exaggeration to say that this midterm election is the most important election in Michigan’s history.

We’re told that the governor’s race and the Proposition 3 decision are both neck and neck, as the most recent poll from Trafalgar Group puts Tudor Dixon ahead of incumbent governor Gretchen Whitmer by a whole half of a point. Right to Life of Michigan’s internal polling also tells them that their cause is on a knife’s edge, in spite of massive fundraising from outside the state on the part of abortion activists.

On election eve, as we met with Newaygo County Right to Life to pray for the outcome of the election, a passage from 2 Samuel came to mind.

In chapter 10, the Ammonites have allied with Syria to come against David’s kingdom. David’s general Joab realizes he’ll be fighting enemies on two sides, so he divides his army between him and his brother Abishai, and they agree they’ll fight back-to-back. Then, if either needs help, the other will come to their aid.

Joab doesn’t turn out to be a great role model later in his life, but here he makes this amazing statement, perfect for our time. As he prepares to defend his people on the battlefield, he tells his brother in verse 12, “Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of God, and may the Lord do what seems good to Him.”

Joab and Abishai and the mighty men of Israel knew their duty, and they did it, knowing the outcome ultimately was out of their hands.

Thankfully, we have the opportunity to decide the battle of our day in an election, rather than on a bloody battlefield. Nevertheless, let us follow their example and do our civic and Christian duty, “and may the Lord do what seems good to Him.”


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