The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. (2 Peter 3:9-10a NIV)

In the months before America voted, a few election and post-election scenarios came to mind. I did not foresee the victory the political size and scope of last Tuesday’s election for Donald Trump and the members of his party, but I did expect civil unrest would follow, regardless the winner. So much for America’s tradition of the peaceful transfer of power.

For a candidate pledging a long list of changes, the sea has parted for President-elect Trump. Despite upset predictions, his party controls both houses of congress, as well as a solid majority of state legislatures. The country has spoken. The door of opportunity has swung wide open. Will it be squandered is the question.

Israel had a history of squandering opportunities. God promised to give them Canaan but the people rebelled (Numbers 14). Forty years of wandering later, they received another chance to take their inheritance. With the Lord ahead of them, the Amorites, Jebusites, Hivites and others were no match. Still they squandered the opportunity to drive out all the tribes, allowing some to remain (cf. Judges 1:21, 27-34).

“Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? Now therefore I tell you that I will not drive them out before you; they will be thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you [my emphasis].”

When the angel of the LORD had spoken these things to all the Israelites, the people wept aloud, and they called that place Bokim [weepers].  (Judges 2:2b-5)

Across the country, in churches, homes, or on the social network, Christians gathered to pray on election-eve. God’s people humbled themselves and sought His face. Those who asked for mercy received mercy.

President-elect Trump is an unlikely figure to lead a moral revolution. Yet, it appears from his appointments and rumored appointments that he wants to be surrounded by able, outside-the-box thinking, God-fearers.

Before the election, the chant “Drain the swamp” echoed through the crowd at Trump rallies. With a respected Christian as his vice-president, and now head of the transition team, the way is clear to rid the swamp of its thorns and snares. The enemy knows what’s at stake. Perhaps this explains the hate being spewed in Mr. Trump’s direction .

Winning the election was not the objective for Trump supporters. Prayers in Jesus’ name were offered to grant America another chance to be a light to the nations. If no return to righteousness, how can we expect economic and other reforms?

What should we expect if those now entrusted with power do not move boldly to alter the nation’s downward path? What if we ignore this divine act of mercy? What if our resolve fails? Expect weeping. God forbid that we as a people squander this undeserved opportunity?