Memory Verse November 3, 2018
Daniel 2:21b "He deposes kings and raises up others."
Daniel, the beloved prophet of God wrote this after he received the interpretation of a dream by the King Nebuchadnezzar. It is a good thing to remember every election year.
So far as I know, I have not lost a friend this election year. It could be because that my perspective is right this time, or that people are not as concerned this year as they were in the Presidential election.
I think, however, that I am more aware of the Sovereignty of God this year than I was two years ago.
This does not mean that I have become ambivalent to who is elected or who is not. I believe that we should vote for those who align closest to Biblical truth and encourage others to do so as well. We have been blessed with a great freedom in this country to effect change, and in my opinion, we are being disobedient to God if we do not exercise this gift given to only few citizens throughout millennia.
This goes along with what I think is the purpose of prayer – to discover and align ourselves with the will of God.
And God will raise and depose leaders in this world according to His ultimate will, and we want to be on the side of God.
Reminds me of when Moses came down from the mountain with God's Law, only to find the foolish Hebrews creating a golden calf of their own and worshiping it.
He challenged those who would trust God to align themselves with him, and the Levites rushed to his side. Those who did not align with God did not have a very good end.
As all of you know, I believe that the greatest sin of our nation is the rampant acceptance of abortion, for we are making ourselves gods deciding on the life and death of 60 million created, unique children of God even before they leave the womb of their mothers.
So I have a clear and obvious litmus test which heavily influences who I vote for, and I believe wholeheartedly that I am aligned with the heart of God on this matter and vote accordingly.
Yet, I do not base my faith on who is in power, I base my faith on the One whose Divine Plan is far beyond me, and it will be accomplished no matter what I see in the here and now.
I just want to be on His side.
One last passage from the book of Joshua, chapter 5:13-14: Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked 'Are you for us or for our enemies?'
'Neither,' he replied, 'but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.'"
Joshua's response was to fall on his face in reverence and ask what message the Lord had for him.
That should be our response as well. Not to be ambivalent, but to be on the side of the Lord, for He will raise up and depose leaders for His glory.
And He graciously allows us to side with Him, so we should prayerfully ask His guidance and vote this Tuesday accordingly.
Today if you hear His voice, harden not your heart.