“Are you staying up?” my wife, Norma Jean asked, as she left the family room heading to the bedroom.
“I’m going to give it until 10:30,” I replied. “If there’s not a winner. I’m coming to bed. I can find out who won in the morning.”
And so I awake, along with many surprised Americans, to learn that billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump is now President-elect of the United States of America.
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Our feelings have been best expressed by a pundit who said, “I’m concerned about the direction of our country if Hillary becomes President. And I’m concerned about the direction of our country if Trump becomes President.”
However, our fears ought to be tempered by the assurance of God’s sovereignty. The Psalmist proclaimed, “God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.”
When we study both sacred and secular history, it’s apparent that God’s providence has been at work in nations, through rulers and among the people he raised up to accomplish His purpose.
The improbable rise of Israel as a nation is a testament to God’s rule in the world through those whom He has chosen. Likewise, the fall of Israel and the rise of Assyria, Babylon, Greece and Rome also speak to the Lord’s supremacy. The prophet Jeremiah was reminded that Jehovah can raise a nation up or bring it down. Indeed we are but “clay in the potter’s hand” (Jer 18:5-11).
The Bible teaches that God has given to His Son, Jesus Christ, “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Mt 28:18). He has raised Him up to His right hand to rule and reign. (Ax 2:33-36; Heb. 1:3). Christ is not only the “head of the church,” but He is “King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15).
At this point in our history, there many unanswered questions; What is the destiny of our nation? How will the Lord use a President Trump? What role does the United States have in accomplishing God’s purpose? Is the end of time near?
However, the more pressing and personal questions are those we must individually answer. Will I be faithful to God regardless of our political state? Will I serve the Lord regard of my economic fortune? Will I serve God’s purpose in my generation?
Too often we worry about things over which we have little or no control, and forget to engage ourselves in those areas in which we are given daily, personal choice. God wants me to be good. Jesus desires that I be saved eternally. And I am to honor, praise and glory Him in word and in deed. (Eph 1:1-10; Col. 3:17)
As we awake to the prospects of a vastly new and uncharted future in our country and in the world, let us echo the attitude of the Psalmist.
1Praise the Lord !
Praise the Lord , O my soul!
2 While I live I will praise the Lord ;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
4 His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.
5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6 Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,
7 Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.
8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord raises those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
10 The Lord shall reign forever —
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman