Almost every election season, the rhetoric gets greater, the vitriol more toxic and the claims of the candidates more outlandish. We often fear for the peace and tranquility of our lives if we do not see our chosen candidate elected to office.
In the culture of the Bible, leaders were not elected. In Israel they were anointed by the prophets of God to rule His people. Even with such auspicious beginnings, more often than not the kings of Israel failed God, failed the people and failed themselves. But even when they did not do the will of God, today's proverb tells us, that control lies in the hands of God, not in the will of men.
A stream may look like it is free-flowing, but you can direct it where you need it to be. Our mighty Colorado river has its water dammed up, to generate power, and supply people with water in many areas, some hundreds of miles away from the river itself.
If humans can tame a mighty free-flowing river, how much more can God direct the will of the leaders of our nations? We may question how it is God's will to allow this leader or that to say or do what they do, but ultimately, we need to rely on God and his will to direct our lives, the lives of our leaders and our eternal destiny.
So today, as we look forward to the future, let's not do so with the eyes of flesh, but with the spiritual truth that we know our God reigns supreme. While we all have a civic duty to participate in our government, we must acknowledge that nothing happens on this earth without the knowledge and ordination of God. We can rest assured that whatever comes, Jesus' promises to us are certain, and a much safer bet than the promises of any politician in an election year.
Prayer for Today
Father, thank you for being my King. Jesus, bless me as the Prince of Peace to know that my future is certain in you. Guide our leaders and give them wisdom, and by your will guide our nation to the future you have ordained for all of us. Grant me your wisdom by your Holy Spirit to love my life by the truth of your sovereign will. Amen.