God Doesn’t Need A Believer In the White House

White House

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and put it in writing:

“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.”

Ezra 1:1-2

This king of Persia was not a follower of God when he took the Persian throne. Like many other rulers of this world, he was a man of authority that God used in His plans for Israel, the Messiah, and His coming Kingdom. Notice God did not place a follower into power, but He worked through a man who did not know Him. Instead, God used his followers (such as Daniel) to influence this king.

 Sometimes we get too caught up in the political climate of our culture. Of course we as Americans want representation with similar minds to our own, but sometimes we must trust that God knows what he is doing. Believers must accept that the person placed in power was placed there by God, and rest in the fact that God will use him or her to fulfill His plans. God’s will is not dependent on who is in charge. I am sure that no one expected Xerxes to spare the Hebrews when Esther pleaded for their safety. When King Herod called for a census that forced Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem he was unaware that God was fulfilling prophesy. No one expected Constantine to declare Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire. These examples and more, God used. God still reigns. And God is in control.

Thank you Father for your faithfulness. Thank you for your Grace and your Mercy. You alone are God, and no one can stand against you. We see in Your Word and in history that you have orchestrated the events that have led us to our present day. We know that this sinful world has produced many horrible things, but we also know that you have led men and women to stand against those evils! Sometimes in your name and sometimes not. Thank you for the peace that come from knowing this. Whether our rulers are the ones that we agree with our not, we know that there is a God in Heaven who knows how the story ends. All of history, the present, and the future are contained in your pen, oh Lord. You control my destiny, and no matter where it leads I will praise you!


About Mitchell Norton
My life was changed when God saw fit to forgive me of my rebellion against him. I am not worthy of a righteous God, and I am thankful that he reached out to me. My walk with the Lord has lead me to understand that loving others is just as important as loving God. I am a husband to a beautiful wife, father to an adorable daughter (and one on the way!), and servent of the Gospel. I am not perfect, but one day I will be. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence." - Jeremiah 17:7

One Response to God Doesn’t Need A Believer In the White House

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