Hope! God Is The Ruler Yet
As we look on the world scene, there are some scary political figures. What if Vladimir Putin tries to rebuild the old Soviet coalition? What if Kim Jung Un gets a nuclear weapon? In our own country, we are rightly concerned with the upcoming elections. What if Clinton wins? What if Trump wins? What will this mean for our country? What will it mean for Christians? Will we survive?
Take a deep breath… it is going to be okay. There is hope. Jesus is the “Ruler of the kings on the earth” (Revelation 1:5). He is the “King of kings and Lord or lords” (Revelation 19:16). Breathe a sigh of relief. Yes, Jesus is in charge. This wonderful truth means at least a couple of things.
First, every ruler, king, and president will ultimately answer to King Jesus. They will give an account of their personal character. Are they the kind of ruler that God commends – humble, God-fearing, trustworthy, and those who hate bribes (Exodus 18:21)? They will give an account on the manner in which they govern. If a ruler pushes oppressive laws, Jesus is paying attention (Proverbs 28:16). Every ruler will be judged by the One whose name is Faithful and True (Revelation 19:11).
But there is more. A ruler does not govern autonomously, but he or she is subordinate to God’s reign as the supreme Sovereign over all. We must never forget that God has the final say on who is president of the United States – not the electorate. He is the One who “removes kings and sets up kings” (Daniel 2:21). God raises them up and brings them down. Furthermore, even their decisions are not made apart from from the sovereign governance of God. Proverbs 21:1 assures us, “The kings heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.” It doesn’t say that the LORD can turn the king's heart wherever he will, but he actually does.
For God’s people, this should be deeply encouraging! We may not know exactly what God is up to, but we know that no matter how bad things may look, “for those who love God all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28). And we know that God's end game for his creation is that it would be "set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God" (Romans 8:21).
This is not the devil’s world. It is not our world. It is God’s world (Psalm 24:1). Rejoice; abound in hope Christian - your God reigns!
This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget.
That though the wrong seems oft so strong. God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world. The battle is not done.
Jesus who died will be satisfied. And earth and heaven be one.
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