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Watering the Tulips
September 26, 2012
“The Lord has established His throne in heaven,and His kingdom rules over all”– Psalms 103:19
All honest Bible believers will agree that God is in charge. No matter what it may look like today, things are working right along with God’s plan. We certainly do not mean to imply that God is pleased with all that is going on in our sinful world. He most certainly is not. However, He is ultimately in charge. No believer in God’s Word could ever doubt that.
It seems every election year, even Christians are worried about the future. And while we certainly should be concerned enough to vote, our confidence for the future must rest in God’s power – not the government. No matter which presidential candidate wins the upcoming election, God will still be the only One sitting on His throne. Daniel 2:21 says, “He removes kings and raises up kings”. Again, we should vote. However, it seems our prayers would carry a whole lot more weight than our vote since we are praying to the Sovereign of the Universe.
Do God’s people have to live on the edge of a nervous breakdown due to the coming election? Absolutely not! God has promised that He would supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19). This promise was not conditionally based on who was the sitting President of the United States. No matter what power any man may hold, he cannot shorten the arm of the Lord (Numbers 11:23).
Nebuchadnezzar had more power (humanly speaking) than any President of the United States has ever had. And yet, God easily brought him down. The monarch was made to believe he was an ox who dwelled out in the field for 7 years (Daniel 4:33). Many, no doubt, feared the power this man wielded. And yet, with all his earthly power, he was no match for the Lord. In fact, when God caused him to look up at the end of the 7 years, it was Nebuchadnezzar who declared, “For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’" (Daniel 4:34-35). Oh, that our leaders today would realize this blessed truth. Even yet, how wonderful if God’s people would grasp hold of this truth!
Many of us give lip service to the sovereignty of God. But, I wonder how many of us actually take time to apply it? How, much practical good do we get out of this blessed truth? If God is in charge, why do we worry so much? If God is in charge, why are we not more confident in prayer, even prayer for the salvation of our loved ones and friends? If God is in charge, why are we not bolder? This list could go on and on. If we really grasp hold of the fact that the God who has saved us by His wonderful grace is fully in charge, it should actively affect everything we do each and every day. May God help us to apply this blessed truth and may His people get great comfort in it.
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