God’s Sovereignty in Politics

It would be beneficial to take time-out from the present hectic political climate to examine the seldom discussed truth about the approaching midterm elections.

Many hold to the belief that God is not involved in politics. The best way to either verify or nullify that thinking is to consult the Bible, which is totally impartial.

Let’s examine several Scripture passages dating back nearly four millennia ago.

Jacob’s son Joseph was just 17 years old when he was sold into slavery in Egypt. However, when he was just 30 years old he was promoted to the second in command in Egypt. Such was a political move.

We all remember the story of the Egypt’s great famine that affected even Israel. Joseph’s brothers were sent down to Egypt seeking relief from the famine. The brothers at first didn’t recognize Joseph; but then Joseph revealed himself to his brothers. Just before Joseph died in 1802 BC he summarized his purpose to be in Egypt. He explained God’s sovereignty in his being sold into slavery:

“…you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Genesis 50:20

God had used the evil intentions of Joseph’s brothers to fulfill His purpose for Israel.

Let’s fast forward approximately four centuries to just before Israel crossed the Jordan River to possess the Promised Land. Even before they entered the new land, God told Moses in advance what the people would think and do after possessing the land. God said the people would want a king to rule over them, instead of answering directly to Him.

“…you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses…” Deuteronomy 17:15

And sure enough, Israel was given their first earthly king approximately 350 years later named Saul, who God chose.

Approximately 400 years after Saul, when Babylon was appointed to overtake Judah and Jerusalem, Babylon’s king Nebuchadnezzar was a very proud king. He didn’t acknowledge that his power was given to him by God.

One day while he was reveling in his power, a voice from heaven called down to him describing his chastisement.

“…until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.” Daniel 4:32b

This was another great example of political sovereignty.

But you say, “Those are Old Testament examples; how about currently?”

So let’s press forward to the present church age.

Approximately 600 years after Daniel spoke, Paul addressed the Christians in Rome. And recall, Rome was the seat of government at that time.

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” Romans 13:1

That is about as clear as can be.

Then many will ask, “Then why vote?”

Each participant wants to express their opinion by voting for the candidate of his/her choice.

However, God’s purpose will become the individual person’s thoughts so that His predetermined choice of candidates will be elected.

For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

Remember when the disciples were considering the replacement for Judas.

And they prayed and said, ‘You O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen…’” Acts 1:25

And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias.” Acts 1:26

The casting of lots was used for decision making ever since Israel took possession of their new land.

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.”

Proverbs 16:33

And just like there was, and is, much disdain for recent presidents, there will also be much anger over those elected in the upcoming election; however…

“…whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:2

Polls and probability have little to do with God’s choice of government leaders.

When did God determine the midterm results?

Known to God from eternity are all His works.” Acts 15:18

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