There were those standing at the foot of the Cross, the Crucifixion of Christ- an event documented in history by multiple sources-realizing their grave error a moment too late.
“The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,…“ ACTS 3
It wasn’t the first time people rejected God’s authority and looked to human rule; 1Samuel 8.
People are looking at our presiding President- even some who jumped on his bandwagon for whatever reason, and with the tragedy of hindsight realize their grave mistake.
Its unfortunate that hindsight is most commonly the vehicle of regret.
Most remember where they were the day America was shaken and The Towers fell to attack in New York City. Distraction ceased and briefly America became united in her grief, horror and rage. That was the day the face of war changed, and for me, the illusion of safety tied only to my Country, Government and Military forever shattered.
“Many put their hope in chariots, others in horses, but we place our trust in the name of the Eternal One, our True God.” Psalm 20:7
Instances of great impact have lasting influence.
I also remember awaking to the reality of America’s 44th chosen leader, the first election of Barack Obama. I’d fallen asleep waiting for results of the polls and I awoke to a resounding celebration–stunned, confused and reeling. Dumbfounded, honestly.
Anger came fast on the heels of hurt. You see, I didn’t just rely on personal preference, sound bites, rhetoric or the questionable loyalties of news media outlets; I researched voting records and read expansively to educate myself about the candidates. I put action to prayer and did my due diligence to the best of my ability and, recognizing my limitations, I inquired of God.
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him. I thank and praise You, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, You have made known to me what we asked of You, You have made known to us the dream of the king.” Daniel2
I prayed long and hard and diligently to the God of the Bible. I prayed every Scripture I knew or could find pertaining to Wisdom, Guidance, God’s provision and God’s protection, etc. I completely trusted and believed for the righteous outcome of the election because God answers faith filled, Biblically based prayer and I knew it from personal experience.
I wanted a real man of God in America’s White House. I wanted God’s Divine will to prevail. Or so I believed at the time.
Rarely does one equate God’s will with suffering, trial or loss. Often, we’re no different than the Jews back in the day who were awaiting an avenging King, disconcerted and offended He came as a defenseless lowly servant, inviting all the riffraff to join the party, refusing to close the door no matter how bitter the wait until the last had received the invite…ahem.
I recall God was quick to remind it is He who sets up kingdoms and tears them down for His own purposes- and while I wasn’t thrilled I was quick to remember my place and repent.
“All through the bible we see God set up kings for a purpose, and take them down for a purpose. Sometimes God raises a ruler to bless His people, like He did with King David. And sometimes He sets up a ruler by whom the people will be judged, as He did with Saul. But God does not only set up kings over His own people, He sets up kings over all people. Such was the case with Pharaoh of Egypt:
“The Scriptures even speak to the Pharaoh himself: “I have given you a position of power so that I might show My greater power through you and so that My name might be declared throughout every land upon the earth.” Romans 9
While power, greed and notoriety have always been a cog in the proverbial wheel, at its fundamental root, war is a spiritual battle.
“Where do you think your fighting and endless conflict come from? Don’t you think that they originate in the constant pursuit of gratification that rages inside each of you like an uncontrolled militia? You crave something that you do not possess, so you murder to get it. You desire the things you cannot earn, so you sue others and fight for what you want. You do not have because you have chosen not to ask. And when you do ask, you still do not get what you want because your motives are all wrong—because you continually focus on self-indulgence. You are adulterers. Don’t you know that making friends with this corrupt world order is open aggression toward God? So anyone who aligns with this bogus world system is declaring war against the one true God. Do you think it is empty rhetoric when the Scriptures say, * “The spirit that lives in us is addicted to envy and jealousy”? You may think that the situation is hopeless, but God gives us more grace when we turn away from our own interests. That’s why Scripture says… God opposes the proud, but He pours out grace on the humble. James 4; *Genesis 6:5
Only in the Bible do we find the truth about God, ourselves, and eternal security; about our past, present and future- and because God is a benevolent Father, the right way to do life while confined to a finite body on a finite planet surrounded by finite evil. God has not abandoned His people nor did Christ create orphans.
Why are we surprised that the world lost direction? The voice and rule of God has been rejected the world over and the voice of human reason elevated to idol status.
He told us it would be so.
“because a time will come when some will no longer tolerate sound teaching. Instead, they will live by their own desires; they’ll scratch their itching ears by surrounding themselves with teachers who approve of their lifestyles and tell them what they want to hear…” 2Timothy 4:3
“Worldly wisdom may promise the good life, but it leads to chaos and destruction every time. Ultimately true wisdom comes from God.”
For those still believing the enemy has the upper hand I would simply remind- he thought The Lord’s crucifixion a resounding defeat.
If hindsight is a lesson, foresight is a blessing.
The Spirit and the Bride: Come.
And let everyone who hears these words say, “Come.”
And let those who thirst come. All who desire to drink, let them take and drink freely from the water of life…
The One who testifies to these realities makes this promise:
The Anointed One: Yes. I am coming soon.
To which we say, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
May the grace of the Lord Jesus [the Anointed One] be with all [the saints]. Amen.