Will the world end if __________ is elected President?

c-s-lewis-christian-quote-finger-of-godAmerica will elect a President in three weeks. Most of us are not too thrilled with the choices we have, are we? I know many people, from all persuasions who are feeling something like despair about the prospect of another Clinton administration or a Trump presidency.  I am not naïve and I know that the occupant of the Oval office in the White House has a pivotal role in shaping public policy. He or she will propose legislation, make war or work at peace, and appoint hundreds of Federal judges during the next four years. I am not minimizing the importance of this election, but I want to set it in context of Heaven’s truth.

God reveals this – “I am in charge of history!”  Certainly His rule sometimes not easy to discern. Consider Daniel.  Invaders from Babylon destroyed Jerusalem while he was still a teen. Daniel had to wrestle to reconcile the truth that God was revealing to him concerning His control of human events and what he saw happening around him. God’s Temple and Holy City was in ruins and His people apparently without a future.  Then, Daniel was led, along with hundreds of others, on a long trek to the capital of the empire. “How could any of this be the will of Yahweh?” he must have wondered. But, Daniel, despite tragedy, remained God’s man and trusted God as the Sovereign of human affairs. The result was a man so in tune with the Spirit that he became God’s spokesman to the super-power of his time.

He held onto his convictions, served the Lord, and endured.  In time, he rose to become the counselor to the Emperor. We can never forget that his principled stands cost him dearly.  His friends ended up in a fiery furnace. Daniel deal with palace intrigue and got thrown into the lion’s den, but he never wavered, never lost faith. When he was about 80 years old, the emperor saw a terrifying vision. Belshazzar, the regent of Babylon, whose arrogance far outstripped that of his grandfather, Nebuchadnezzar, was throwing a banquet when a hand appeared to write on the wall of the hall. No one could understand the cryptic phrase – MN MN TKL PRSN. Then the queen mother reminded Belshazzar of an old Jewish man who had counseled his grandfather. Daniel was called, and God revealed the meaning of the inscription: “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin” — “Numbered, numbered, Weighed, and Divided!”

Boldly, Daniel pronounced the message of Heaven.  “Your Majesty, the Most High God gave sovereignty, majesty, glory, and honor to your predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar. He made him so great that people of all races and nations and languages trembled before him in fear. … But when his heart and mind were hardened with pride, he was brought down from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. …until he learned that the Most High God rules the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone he desires to rule over them. You are his successor, O Belshazzar, and you knew all this, yet you have not humbled yourself. For you have defied the Lord of heaven …you have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny! So God has sent this hand to write a message.” (Daniel 5:18-24, NLT) His message?  God rules!

Christian, “God Rules!” is not a message of fear. It is one of great comfort to us as we work out our salvation. Though the Lord calls us to be responsible, proactive, and engaged in the world in which we live, all the while we know that we are not in charge.  Oh, what peace can be found in the calm assurance that there is a competent Captain guiding us. Disciple, I want to urge you to trust that revelation today. Steady yourself in faith in God. He is capable of keeping you in the palm of His hand, no matter what happens in the election, no matter what, no matter what crisis appears, as if from nowhere, in your life.

Pray for eyes that see what God sees and a mind that thinks as He thinks as the Spirit gives revelation. In this election year when the rest of the country is so divided and angry, where there is anxiety about the future of this country… let’s be the people of the Lord. Let’s keep our identity in mind, steady ourselves in hope, be fervent in prayer, and seek peace.

And, remember the Truth found in this word from the Word. “Blessed be the name of God, forever and ever. He knows all, does all: He changes the seasons and guides history, He raises up kings and also brings them down.” (Daniel 2:20-21, The Message)

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Here As In Heaven

The atmosphere is changing now
For the Spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the Spirit of the Lord is here

 Overflow in this place
Fill our hearts with your love
Your love surrounds us
You’re the reason we came to encounter your love
Your love surrounds us

 Spirit of God fall fresh on us
We need your presence
Your kingdom come your will be done
Here as in heaven

 A miracle can happen now
For the Spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the Spirit of the Lord is here

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