June 29

Jeremiah 45-48, Psalm 25

Every four years we elect a new president in our country. And every four years the party that loses accuses the winning party of an unjust victory.  With the contentious election of Trump vs. Clinton, we have the democrats claiming that Trump should not be president because he used the Russians to win.  Before that when Obama won, the republicans questioned the legitimacy on the basis of Obama’s birthplace and whether he was really born into citizenship.  Before that when Bush defeated Gore, there was a huge legal process over hanging chads and whether the election was valid.  When we see these events it is obvious that people do not believe in the sovereignty of God.  People who mourn and question this last election have to ask themselves the question, do they really believe that God was biting His nails, sitting at the edge of His throne in heaven, waiting for Pennsylvania’s results to come in?  Trump was elected president, and people can argue whether he will be an instrument for blessing or judgment for our nation, but can not question whether God made a mistake by allowing him to be our president.  We read in Daniel 2:20-21, “..Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His.  And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.”

As we come to the section on the judgment of the Gentile nations, some could gloss over this since they don’t recognize the names of the specific cities, or kings, or nations.  They aren’t names like Russia, Putin, China, Iran, Trump, NYC, etc.  But if you study the actual prophecies you will find that these major countries received exactly what, how and when these prophecies predicted.  Moreover, they did not occur based on the might or ingenuity of the conquering nations, but by the mind and power of our sovereign God.  In Jer 37:9-10, when Zedekiah, King of Judah, questioned whether Judah would escape judgment, we read “Thus says the Lord:’Do not deceive yourselves, saying, “The Chaldeans will surely depart from us,” for they will not depart.  For though you had defeated the whole army of the Chaldeans who fight against you, and there remained only wounded men among them, they would rise up, every man in his tent, and burn the city with fire.”  In Jer.46:15, referring to Egypt, we read, “Why are your valiant men swept away?  They did not stand Because the Lord drove them away.”  Concerning Moab, we read in Jer. 48:8, “And the plunderer shall come against every city; No one shall escape.  The valley also shall perish, And the plain shall be destroyed, As the Lord has spoken.”  We read of the hopeless situation of those who think they can flee God’s judgment in Jer.48:44, “He who flees from the fear shall fall into the pit, And he who gets out of the pit shall be caught in the snare.  For upon Moab, upon it I will bring The year of their punishment, ” says the Lord.”

Our current situation is no different from then.  Our God was sovereign then, and He is sovereign now.  So what should be our response?  Whether your choice for leader is in office, or not, we should pray for our leaders.  We should all remember the promise of our God in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  Jesus in Matthew 24 tells His disciples and us what to look out for as the world as we know it moves toward the conclusion of things.  As you read this chapter, along with Scripture elsewhere concerning end times, it seems clear that we are on the precipice.  We are told in Matthew 24:44, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”  God is sovereign over our nation, over all nations, over end times.  May we realize this, prepare our hearts, exalt Him, and share His message to a world in desperate need of His truth.

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