The King’s Heart

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases. Proverbs 21:1

As I write this, it is the eve of the U.S. Presidential election between John McCain and Barack Obama. Tensions on both sides have been mounting for weeks. As you read this, people all across the United States will be going to the polling booths and poking holes in paper or touching a screen to vote for whom they think can best lead this nation over the next four years. A lot of money has been spent and it’s been a long race.

This verse above comes to mind because ultimately it is God who guides and directs the way He sees fit. In this election, both sides will undoubtedly say they were robbed and that the election was stolen from them if they lose. People across this country have been praying for the outcome for weeks and months now. Make no mistake: God knows the outcome. Often He gives people what they want as He did in Israel when they wanted a King (1 Samuel 8). It’s also important to remember, though we live in a democracy, what people want may not be what’s best for them (i.e., giving candy to a child because he wants it usually is not in the child’s best interest).

But God is in control. I don’t think I can state that clearly enough. Our strength and our hope come from God, not the Government. God will use whoever is in place for His glory and honor. In our ever-changing world, we do have a Rock more stable than Gibraltar.

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