Are The American People Going To Place The Next President Into office?

I don’t think I have ever seen so many people fearful, worked up, and anxious about who we are going to place into office of president. But are we the people ultimately the ones who will place the next President into office? Look what God said about Cyrus, the pagan king of Persia, who did not know the God of Israel.

who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd,
and he shall fulfill all my purpose’;
saying of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be built,’
and of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.’” IS 44.28

Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus,
whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him
and to loose the belts of kings,
to open doors before him
that gates may not be closed: IS 45.1

For the sake of my servant Jacob,
and Israel my chosen,
I call you (Cyrus) by your name,
I name you, though you do not know me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other,
besides me there is no God;
I equip you, though you do not know me, IS 45.4-5

Cyrus the Great, the king of Persia who ended the Babylonian captivity for Israel, and decreed in the first year of his reign that the temple should be rebuilt and any Israelites who wanted to return to their homeland were free to do so, did not know God. But he had been placed in his “office” by God for God’s purposes.

And Daniel, when in captivity in Babylon, after God showed him Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and it’s meaning, said,

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; DA 2.20-21

God removes kings and sets up kings. God is the one who ultimately places every single person in our government, even though he uses our votes and political efforts.

So let us not forget who is in charge. It is not the political establishment. It is not the American people. But it is God himself who is sovereign over our government and uses our leaders for his purposes. And let us not forget that our sovereign God causes all things to work together for his glory and the good of his children. I’m not saying we should not vote or seek to influence our government. But I would encourage all of us to trust our God, pray to him for our country and our leaders, and not fret.

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Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.