1 Samuel 8:6-9 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. “According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. “Now therefore, heed their voice. However,you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.”
When Samuel was getting old he set his sons over Israel to judge them in his place. But his sons were not like him, they were dishonest and didn’t judge fairly. The people didn’t trust God’s ways of dealing with dishonest leadership. They decided to take things into their own hands and change from depending on God for all their needs to trusting in a king to lead them just like all the other nations around them. God told Samuel that the people hadn’t rejected him, but they had rejected God.
Today our nation will make a choice in a leader, to keep the one we have or to put another one in his place. As I’ve watched and listened to all the campaigning, the mud-slinging and the way God has been pushed out of our governmental processes, I can’t help but feel that God feels rejected and my heart is saddened over all that has taken place throughout this election process. I pray that America might continue to be “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”. But I see and hear things to the contrary. I hear proclamations of our nation no longer being a “Christian nation”. I hear the boos of the people when God’s name is mentioned; I have watched as we’ve held no regard for the sanctity of life and how we’ve become insensitive to the cries of our Israeli friends and even our own citizens who have been in harm’s way. We’ve embraced ungodly lifestyles and disregarded what God has said is an abomination to Him. I feel the pain of the murders of the unborn and how God’s heart must hurt for them. If I were to stand back and look into our nation at a time like this I would have to shake my head and wonder how a nation as great as ours could continue to lead the world in evangelism and power. My heart is sad over the sins of America!
And yet, God says in His word that He is the One who promotes one and brings another down.
Psalm 75:4-7 “ I said to the boastful, ‘Do not deal boastfully,’ And to the wicked, Do not lift up the horn. Do not lift up your horn on high; Do not speak with a stiff neck.’” For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge; He puts down one And exalts another.
The Living Bible says verse 6, 7 this way:
“For promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God. He promotes one and deposes another.”
The horn in this portion of scripture speaks of strength and power. There has been a lot of division in our country over this election. But God cautions us not to become prideful or boastful in our own strength because He is the one who is in control. He is the One who ultimately makes the decision of who will be our leader. He puts one down and lifts another up; promotion and power come from nowhere but Him.
To be the judge is one who hands down decisions that will maintain or bring about a right state of affairs. God knows exactly where we are as a nation. He is the judge, the one who hands down the decision that we need to bring our nation into a right state of affairs. We can’t see into the future, but God can. He knows what lies ahead for the American people. He is the only one who can bring our nation into a right state of affairs!
We must not lose hope in God! He is our refuge in the time of trouble, our stronghold and high tower! He will do what is best for us. Every time that the Israelites did evil in God’s sight when they repented He would send a deliverer and they would experience peace in their land. We can look back through all the trouble that the Hebrews had and see that God never left them alone. He would always deal with their sin, bring them to repentance and then continue to lead and guide them in peace. God hears the cries of His people. He does not turn a deaf ear to His people. Our God is all-powerful! We can trust Him.
Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
We might like to think that our President has the final say so, but that is not true. God is the One who holds the king’s heart in his hand. He can turn it whichever way He wants it to go. Our God is in control.
But God has given His people, believers in Christ Jesus, the responsibility to pray for our elected officials! He has chosen to let us help Him in establishing and maintaining His kingdom priorities in our world. We are co-laborers with Him in setting up His kingdom in our lives and the lives of our countrymen. Will we do our part so He can do His?
1 Timothy 2:1-6 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between god and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
God has given us the responsibility of establishing and maintaining peace in our land through prayer! We are to pray and He does the work! Salvation comes to our land through praying people! There is ONE God and ONE Mediator, the Man Christ Jesus and we have a direct line to them through prayer to effect change in our land! If we do our part He will be faithful to us to do His part!
Father, I lift our nation up to You today. I pray, Father, that You will turn the hearts of the people back to You. I pray that Your will be done in our presidential election today. Father, I ask You to forgive us for rejecting Your leadership over us. I ask You to forgive us for the sins that we have committed as a nation against You. Oh Father, I ask You to forgive us and heal our land. I pray that we might continue to be “One nation under God”, that we might continue to live according to the godly principles that our nation was founded upon. Father, I ask that You would turn us back to You and cause our nation to once again be a Christian nation; a nation who trusts in the Lord as the One and only true God! May we be a people of integrity, holding biblical values close to our hearts and obeying the commands and principles that You have set before us. May we be a nation that shows the world that You are our God! Father, bring us back to You, forgive us and heal our land!
Father, I pray for the elected official that will come into office through this election process. I pray, Father, that He will be a man like David who seeks You with His whole heart and follows closely after You. I pray that You will place godly leaders around him to advise Him in the right way to go; the way that would lead our nation to be the strong and powerful world leader that we have been in the past. Father, I pray that our leadership will see the glorious light of the gospel of Jesus Christ and turn their hearts to Him for salvation! Father, save us from our own sinful ways and once again be exalted in our nation! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.