Dealing With Post-Election Anxiety

The anxiety can be crippling, no matter who won the election.

What will happen with the economy, health care, education and national security? How will our new leaders handle issues of morality? How will your life change?

Consider these words from the Bible: “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand” (Proverbs 19:21).

If you’re nervous about what comes next for America, know that God’s got this. He can use whoever is in power to accomplish His will and wants you to trust Him, regardless of results at the polls.

Psalm 103:19 says, “The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.” Did you get that? All.

Don’t let the political outcome distract you from the real Person in power. He’s wiser than any political candidate, more powerful than any nation and bigger than any problem we face. His sovereignty wins out every time, even if we can’t understand it right now.

That doesn’t mean you should sit back and twiddle your thumbs, of course—it’s still important to speak up and stand for truth—but it does mean you can have peace knowing He sees what’s happening and has a plan.

As He says in Isaiah 46:10, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.”

Not only that, but as Ruler over all, He has a plan in mind for you, too. He created you and knows every detail about you, including all the emotions you’re feeling today. He can give you comfort that begins with knowing Him in a deep, personal way.

While Election Day marks a new chapter in our nation’s history, there’s another date that was even more earth-shattering. It was a day over 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ came into the world. Through His life, death and resurrection, Jesus paved the way for us to be in God’s presence forever. No more fear, anxiety or worry.

A change in national leadership is bound to shake things up in coming years, but today you can put your trust in a God whose power is eternal. Here’s how.


Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?