If the God of the universe is somehow concerned enough about earthly happenings that He knows the hairs on our heads and watches over the birds of the air we can be sure that He is mindful of our presidential elections. God is not a disinterested observer nor one lacking power to act effectively in the affairs of man. Here is an article which addresses how God can use events to achieve His purposes. The author is James Watkins and the article appeared first in the Presidential Prayer Team Newsletter and is (c) 2012 James N. Watkins from www.jameswatkins.com, used by permission. RMF
And the Winner Is…
by James Watkins
Rather than a book of answers or a systematic theology, the Bible is a book rich with mysteries and intriguing clues: God is three yet one, Christ Jesus is completely God and completely human, and the Lord raises up leaders while Americans freely elect officials.
The prophet Daniel wrote that God “controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings.” (Daniel 2:21 NLT) Curiously, this was written while the Jewish people were under Babylonian captivity. The apostle Paul wrote, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1) He continues that authorities are “God’s servant[s] for your good” and “ministers of God.” (Romans 13:4, 6) Mysteriously, Paul penned that passage during Roman occupation led by deranged dictator Nero.
So, will God have His way on November 6? It’s a mystery! However, two things can be emphatically stated.
1. The Heavenly Father has a record of working through pagan rulers
In reference to Pharaoh, the Bible says, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” (Romans 9:17)
Cyrus the Great ruled the then-known world and followed Nebuchadnezzar II, who had destroyed Jerusalem and taken the Israelites captive into Babylon. God declares, “I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says Yahweh Almighty.” (Isaiah 45:13 NLT) So Cyrus also returned the gold and silver that Nebuchadnezzar II had plundered from the Temple (Ezra 6:3-5). And in the last century, President Harry Truman proclaimed, “I am your Cyrus,” while he championed the creation of the nation of Israel.
Artaxerxes continued Cyrus’ favorable treatment of the Jewish people, assigning the prophet Ezra the oversight of the Jewish resettlement in Jerusalem in 457 B.C. Upon learning Jerusalem’s walls were in disrepair, Artaxerxes authorized Nehemiah to gather supplies and rebuild them.
Alexander the Great conquered much of the known world in 334-326 BC. As a result, the universal trade language at the birth of Christianity was Greek. Also, the Roman’s world conquest provided major highways that connected the world centers of power. So when persecution caused early Christians to flee, the Roman infrastructure allowed them to take the gospel to the ends of the Earth on well-built roads. The universal Greek language provided the perfect medium for documenting the Scriptures. Had persecution not broken out in Jerusalem, the early Christians may have been content to stay in the holy city, ignoring Christ’s command to “go into all the world.”
2. God has a record of straining good from evil
But God’s workings are often a mystery to His children. Responsible for over 12 million deaths, it’s hard to imagine Adolf Hitler as being sent for the world’s good. Or worse, that Mao Tse-tung, who ordered the death of as many as 78 million of his own people, was God’s servant. One of the clues to this mystery may be Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
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