Long time no posting! Sorry, life catches up to you when it’s your senior year and you’re graduating as a teacher. Yes, I have a wonderful job teaching kindergarten in a rural school. Primarily Spanish-speaking children, but there is also a dual-language school within my school district that also meets the needs of dominantly Spanish speaking children. It’s a been an adjustment going from West Coast Washington, to Eastern Washington but God has his plans, and above all he orders the World in which we live.
This brings me to the elections. Yes, they have finally ended. Yes, Trump is in the White House. But, as Christians, does this really matter in terms of ‘who’s in control?’ If you are finding yourself answering yes to this question, then we should talk more. Because in all honesty, that means your faith is not growing. You have begun to live in a Worldly bliss of what self-indulgence, negligence to your relationship with God which allows for you to worry that Trump is President. Nervous, sure. Change is always unsettling. Excited. Absolutely, because it’s a new beginning. But worry? Worry is a sign that you aren’t letting God be Sovereign.
I have found a new Church, one where I find myself being able to talk relatively deep on topics like politics. I have found that peace comes from knowing that Presidents are ruled by the Soverign God, even when it doesn’t seem to be. I had the delightful time of talking with one of the ladies in the church on Sunday. We had just finished praying and I found myself at even more peace than before we prayed. I was trying to talk to her about having that confidence, and it was great to hear a voice much like my own in the fact that God is in control.
Read all of Daniel 4 because it is worth a good read to remind yourself who truly is in control. But I am excerpting from Daniel 4: 28-37(NIV), which is the end of the chapter.
All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.” Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.
At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High;I honored and glorified him who lives forever.
His dominion is an eternal dominion;
his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
All the peoples of the earth
are regarded as nothing.
He does as he pleases
with the powers of heaven
and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back his hand
or say to him: “What have you done?”
At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.
Let’s put this in perspective. Nebuchadnezzar was not a great and awesome ruler. He was horribly corrupt, he was willfully destroying the Israelite people, and he was an enslaving master. He worshiped false gods, and he worshiped himself as god, but he was also great at building cities, master minding world affairs, and negotiating. He was plagued by what he thought were nightmares, and he often summoned people to help interpret his dreams. Daniel, was one such person and because Daniel sought the Lord Almighty as Sovereign, he often was called upon for the accuracy and finality of his interpretations. In short, Daniel had knowledge beyond that of the mere men masquerading as having a gift of foresight, discernment or even interpretation. Daniel also had a deep relationship with the Creator of the Universe. It did not allow for him to quake, it gave him peace and security. Compared to the shaky earthly king, Daniel had nothing to fear for God is sovereign, even over the most cruel of rulers. The vile king had another such dream, and Daniel had revealed the meaning. At verse 28, we see the actual action of the dream take place: Nebuchadnezzar fulfilled his own curse. He was brought down to insanity, driven into the wilderness to roam the lands until he acknowledged the true authority of God, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. He was made mad by his own ego, and self-aggrandizement. God brought him to his knees. God dealt severe penalty to the cruel king. God reclaimed the honor, and the title, and the worship for himself. We don’t know what happened to the kingdom, maybe they experience a time of peace and refreshing. Maybe they were partying it up, and celebrating…all we know is that God dealt swiftly according to his promise and humbled Nebuchadnezzar before all people. This meant that ultimately, God is and was in control.
So, how does this apply today? Because no matter who the President is, the real power is not found in the office of the President but in the Sovereignty of God. He has who needs to be in office there, and he has ordered the world as we know it again. Once you come to realize that the true power is not the person in the political seat, but the God of the Universe over everything, you will find peace in your soul, hope for a future, and understand that He works out all this according to his will for our good. God, the Sovereign lord of the all, the one true God, is not afraid of any person on this Earth. He will bend people to his will if he decides it’s necessary, he will break people like the ocean breaks on the shore…
Do you still feel worried? This is my challenge to you: Find out how big your God is. Is he a tiny, boxed in God that you just call on as needed, or is his truly the ruler of the universe, the Sustainer of all that is right, and your everlasting father? Do you have your relationship with God squared up and away? Are there really big leaky holes in your walk that make you lose your Spirit and fill up with the World? How often are you talking to God? What is your prayer lifelike? These are the things we have to understand before we can truly address the issue of “who’s in charge” really. Once you have the right perspective, than you can see clearly that no matter the elected official, God has not changed. He is the ultimate, sovereign, unsurprised, unchangeable, center of all our Christian walks. He is the true source and the one who makes the rain fall on the saved and unsaved a like. He is concerned with our needs, but already knows the beginning and the end. There is nothing that catches God off guard. Not even Donald Trump winning the election. If necessary, God will do like he did with Nebuchadnezzar…
Read Daniel 4. Take heart. This too shall pass.
Nah, y’all got this. You know you don’t need to worry right?
Caption: This beautiful image represent the humbling of Nebuchadnezzar. Think of the most richly adnored king, going to this state. That, is how awesome and powerful our God is.