Watching God work

Posted on January 19, 2017 · Posted in Authority, Current Events, World View

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Every four years, as Americans, we have the privilege of seeing God’s faithfulness displayed in the transition of the executive office of President. Four years ago, God made Barack Obama once again to be the President of the United States. Tomorrow, January 20th, if things go as planned, Donald Trump will also be made President by the power of God.

These two men are radically different individuals. But they have this one thing in common, they each serve at the pleasure of the God of heaven and earth. The Holy Spirit makes this clear in places like Daniel 2 and Colossians 1:15-20. Here are Daniel’s words:

“Then Daniel praised the God of heaven.  He said,
“Praise the name of God forever and ever,
for he has all wisdom and power.
He controls the course of world events;
he removes kings and sets up other kings.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the scholars. Daniel 2:20-21.”

This country is blessed that for over 200 years this change in power has occurred through an electoral process and not via bloody coups. Perhaps it is because the transitions so far have been orderly that we have come to think that we are the ones who place people in power. Yes, we have a role to play, but make no mistake, it is God who removes presidents and sets up other presidents. Ultimately, it is God to whom our Presidents are accountable.

So, tomorrow, talk to your children about what God is doing. The truth of Scripture is being played out before our eyes. We are seeing God at work! I pray that our nation and our President will be overcome with humility and seek God’s face through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.