Kevin’s Conversations: God Is Still On The Throne
As I finish writing this, the election is taking place and the next president of the United States is being chosen. As you are reading this, the final results of that choice are likely already known. I say “likely” because, one, we have already experienced the hanging chads, and two, considering the two main candidates in this election, who knows what kind of craziness may be taking place after the fact.
However, despite all the uncertainty that has led up to the election, potentially took place in the election, and is prominently on display for the future in the aftermath of this election, this one thing I do know with no hint of uncertainty whatsoever: God is still on the throne.
Our preferred candidate may not have won. God is still on the throne.
The candidate that we’re so sure is going to bring catastrophe has won. God is still on the throne.
The belief that neither candidate is any good for our country has come to the climax and now one of them will be taking the highest office in our country. God is still on the throne.
Christians have fought among themselves and in some ways have made quite a bad name for themselves and the One for whom they are named, in the lead up to this election. God is still on the throne.
We have heard the words of many wise people reminding us of this fact. Many who communicate it much more effectively and richly and eloquently than can I. Lets hold onto their venerable reminders.
You and I cannot change the outcome of the election. No matter how hard we try, the impact we can have on the future of this country as a whole is likely minimal. But we serve a God whose impact can be far greater than anything we can imagine.
We serve a King who is completely faithful and trustworthy. And He loves the people of his kingdom with a perfect love. A love so deep and so great that we are incapable of fully comprehending. A love that was manifested at the cross in the excruciating death of His own Son who bore the burden of the sins of the world. A burden so great that we also are not able to fully comprehend.
No president will ever do this for us. No president can. But our King can and has.
We may not understand some things God has come to pass. We may never understand them this side of heaven. But we know His ways are perfectly good. And a day will come when He sets all things right in finality.
God is still on the throne. Always has been and always will. We are His children. Let us live in those truths.
“15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.
16 Lebanon would not suffice for fuel,
nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
17 All the nations are as nothing before him,
they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
18 To whom then will you liken God,
or what likeness compare with him?
19 An idol! A craftsman casts it,
and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
and casts for it silver chains.
20 He who is too impoverished for an offering
chooses wood that will not rot;
he seeks out a skillful craftsman
to set up an idol that will not move.
21 Do you not know? Do you not hear?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
23 who brings princes to nothing,
and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows on them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
25 To whom then will you compare me,
that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:
who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name;
by the greatness of his might
and because he is strong in power,
not one is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”