Place Your Confidence in God
Place Your Confidence in God
Government actions impact the lives of its citizens. This is true in each and every country of the world today. In the USA we don’t feel the actions of government impacting our lives on a daily basis. We live from day to day unconscious of the multitude of laws and governmental decisions that affect us. For most of the world God’s sovereignty over the ruling powers is a critical issue.
Today Christians are being persecuted for their faith in many countries of the world. The freedom to worship publicly is taken for granted in the USA. Freedom to worship is not available to more than half of the world population. For Christians all over the world the fact that God’s rule over the government should give encouragement and confidence to them in times of harassment or persecution. We need to give thanks to God for this freedom that we have in the USA. This is not an accident, due merely to the foresight of our Founding Fathers. It is the sovereign hand of God working in and through our government.
We must never take this liberty for granted. We place confidence in the political institutions, rather than the sovereignty of God’s hand. We are affected daily by the decisions of our governmental officials. Sometimes their decisions are good from our point of view and sometimes they are bad from our point of view. Whether good or bad these decisions are under the control of our sovereign God.
We must put our trust in God not the decision-making powers of politicians, government official, and the Supreme Court. Prayer is our best and most effective weapon to combat the decision-making process as we are told in: 2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. God is sovereign in the decisions and actions of government as the decisions affect us and His purpose for each of us. We cannot separate the history of a nation from the people of that nation. After all this is the reason that God gave us the history that we find in the Old Testament.
The fact that God is sovereign over our governments is not evident to us as we view their decisions and actions on a daily basis. Government officials and legislative bodies do not intend to carry out the will of God. The perfect example of this is in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken. This decree takes Joseph and Mary to the town of Bethlehem at the correct time in history. For the Christ to be born to fulfill the prophecy of Micah – Micah 5:2, Caesar Augustus did not intend to be an instrument to fulfill any Jewish prophecy. While still a baby another government action directly affects Jesus. Again this action fulfilled certain prophecy. Matthew 2:14–15 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
The instance of Joseph and Mary fleeing to Egypt evolved, as Herod searched to kill the Christ child. To better understand God’s intent we need to see the passage of Ezekiel 14:21-23. God allows some to survive, again so a prophecy could be fulfilled – Hosea 11:1. Herod had no intention to fulfill the prophecy of Hosea.
John Newton is the author of the familiar hymn “Amazing Grace”. The following is a quote from “The Works of John Newton”.
“The kings of the earth are continually disturbing the world with their schemes of ambition. They expected to carry everything before them, and have seldom any higher end in view then the gratification of their own passions. But in all they do they are but servants of this great King and Lord, and fulfill his purposes, as instruments he employs to inflict prescribed punishment upon transgressors against him, or to open a way for the spread of his gospel… They had one thing in view, he had another.”
Where did John Newton get this information? From the Bible! Do we precede the hand of God in the affairs of government today?
God’s rule is no less sovereign today than it was in the days of the prophets or the apostles. Scripture tells us the hand of God controls the activities of government and their effects on His children. The instance in Matthew of Caesar Augustus and Herod are examples. The people of that time were not told this was God’s sovereignty at work. In normal events reported in today’s newspapers we are not told this is the sovereign hand of God at work.
We should see the sovereign hand of God at work in the events of today, just as much as we see it in biblical times. We don’t have the advantage of the divine revelation of today’s events. That does not make God’s sovereign rule today any less real. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
God reported in Scripture specific instances of His sovereign rule in order that we may trust Him as we see the events of today unfold. 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
How does God’s sovereignty affect our daily lives today?