I found myself nervous yesterday and then a little down as things progressed with the election. This morning I needed to remind myself that God is still on the throne, and that I am not to trust in horses, chariots or man. My hope is in the Lord.
I realize that some may be happy with the results, although it’s hard to imagine how increased taxes as well as some of moral issues at stake could make your day. 😉
I purposely steer clear of political matters on my blog, not because I don’t have opinions, but that’s not the purpose for my site. Yet I do think it’s of great importance to remember who is on the throne. To remember who our hope and trust is in.
If God is on the throne, and he is! Then we don’t need to worry. Maybe there is cause for concern, and obviously our laws and elected officials have an influence on us. There is also a sense in which even the best elected officials will fail, no matter who they are. David who is arguably the greatest king the world has ever known experienced failure, which had an adverse affect on his people.
King David wrote the following words of encouragement in Psalm 20:7 (ESV),
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
Another great but flawed king, king Solomon, wrote these words in Proverbs,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5 ESV)… “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will” (Proverbs 21:1 ESV).
Peter who wasn’t a king, a fisherman, and follower of Christ encourages us to be good witnesses as we follow our leaders, and I think we are only able to do this as we remember who ultimately is in control.
“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:13-17)
I added emphasis, because these promises are such good reminders, and needed exhortations.
I believe the problem for many of us including myself is that we look to people and things to solve our problems and meet our deepest needs. We want those who govern us to be righteous people, and that is not a bad desire. Yet if you look to man or things you will always be disappointed. When we look to anything other than the Lord to fulfill our needs we are ultimately making an idol out of these things. Only the Lord can meet our deepest needs.
Keep the faith. Keep fighting. Keep your eyes on Jesus. And to reiterate Peter’s words, “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”
In His Grip, Dave