“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings.” (Daniel 2:20-21 ESVS)
As in 2008, the 2010 election has brought about significant change in the leadership of our national and state governments. Regardless of the results, it is good to be reminded who is in charge and where our hope ultimately lies.
1) God is sovereign over governments and its leaders. Every leader is there because God has chosen to put him or her there. And the authority that leader exerts is derived authority from God (Romans 13). God “removes kings and sets up kings” even through the privilege of voting that we exercise as American citizens. He appoints our government leaders and He controls them. “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.” (Proverbs 21:1 ESVS)
2) Christ is our only true hope. The hope people need is not found in a president or a congress or a governor but in a Great Savior, Jesus Christ. We should not trust in government to change people’s lives or transform society or redeem culture. Only the gospel of Jesus Christ can truly change people’s lives.
3) Trust in the Lord. Don’t place your confidence in governing leaders. They will not keep all their promises. They cannot guarantee your security – economic or national. They are merely men and women. They will fail. But our trust is in the Sovereign Lord of heaven and earth. He gives us true security – eternal life through faith in the crucified Christ. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ. He makes great promises and keeps them all. He is stronger than the strength of nations. Jesus Christ is our salvation.
“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.” (Psalms 146:3 ESVS)
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalms 20:7 ESVS)