Pause to Think

Some points we might want to remember with the coming election.
– God raises up one and puts down another.
– The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord, He bends it however he wills.
– Pray for those in authority over you.

May be we need to remember that the president or leader of any country is a man or a woman, a human being. They are given position by God and are under his authority. And we may need to remember that a nation receives the leader they deserve.

So if your man does not win, God is still working and I don’t think he ever asked us how to run his world. We need to look above the White House and the Congress for our help. While these people are dedicated public servants, they are human and they don’t have all of the answers. They are capable of solving issues and directing the country, but they are fallible and they need divine help.
Complaining about the person in office is not the answer. As believers our responsibility, according the Apostle Paul is to pray for those in authority over us. I think he wrote that while he was in prison for preaching the good news and he advocated praying for the very government that imprisoned him. If we want to see unity in Congress and progress in the nation probably the better solution for us as believers is to develop the art of praying.
It may be that God will direct us how to pray for the nation and not to complain about our leaders. It might even be nice if as believers we invested some time praying for our pastor, our fellow believers, our husband or our wife, our children, our boss, our friends, our neighbors, our children’s teachers, police officers, our military men and family, doctors, nurses and our self. If we did this we just might gain another perspective.
Maybe we should vow to spend as much time praying for our leaders as we spend telling everybody how bad they are, how bad the country is and how everything is going to hell.
Another thing we might want to remember this election cycle, God sends the rain on the good and the bad and he lets it rain on us.

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13 thoughts on “Pause to Think

  1. That’s true, Gary. People get the leaders they deserve…a double reason we need to hit our knees and pray that God will have mercy on us and on our leadership, as well. God is always doing a new thing. We can either pray that we will be in what He is doing in the ‘now’ or we can miss the whole thing because of tunnelvision or blind loyalty to a COMMITTEE, or a a party rather than to God Who sets one up and takes one down.
    Promotion comes from above and I don’t want to be caught voting against the one whom God has chosen to promote in this forthcoming election.
    As we learned in our Bible study, we can know what we ordinarily wouldn’t by leaning on the understanding of the Holy Spirit. We can know God’s will for our leadership. But we might have to get out of the boat, like Peter, and and get into the waters to swim in.

  2. Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” Gary, you have said….” so if your man does not win, God is still working and I don’t think he ever asked us how to run his world.” I’d like to add the footnotes from my Bible, on this verse in Colossians: ” Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone: Paul says we should ‘devote’ ourselves to prayer and be ‘alert’ in prayer. Our persistence is an expression of our faith that God answers our prayers. Faith shouldn’t die if the answers come slowly, for the delay may be God’s way of working his will in our life. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering.. maybe not in WAYS YOU HAD HOPED, BUT IN WAYS THAT HE KNOWS ARE BEST.”

  3. That is good advice Needles. And Philippians 4:6 encourages us that instead of fretting or being anxious about things, we bring everything to Him in prayer with thanksgiving that He gives us His peace to guard our hearts and minds.

  4. Thank you Gary. I believe you. I would like to say praying is difficult. No, I should say a life of ‘disciplining prayer’ is difficulty in mind and actions, I think.

    John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

    God’s truth is established when we believe and declare it! (Job 22:28). When we declare God’s Word, we invite Him to do what He alone can in our lives and the nations. Yet, I believe these truths and neglect to declare them. Easier to follow the lead of the crowd and declare with them my complaints about the person in office and the one that might be in office.

    Thank you Gary for the reminder to begin again a discipline prayer life and declare God’s truth to myself and to all as I go.

  5. As I was reading in Jeremiah 48 I came across the Scripture, “Moab has been at ease from his youth. He has settled on his lees (like bottles of wine that have not been turned) and/ or filtered. He has settled on his “sediment” and his TASTE REMAINS IN HIM and his scent has not changed.
    And this got me to thinking about the Body of Christ and also about this upcoming election. I thought of how some of us have settled….just settled. We have not been tilted or turned in our pews for many moons. And there are some of us whose “sediment” is thick and souring. The odor is not of the rich bouquet of a well-aged wine, spirits, but the taste is sour…like vinegar.
    And I thought of the election that some of us have been affiliated with a certain party or other for so long, which is commendable if it is with those who share common values with us. However, those of us who should be walking in the Spirit need to ascertain who GOD’s candidate is. God is not partisan, at all. He looks at the heart of a man. But if we are settled on our lees and refuse to turn or tilt then we may miss what GOD is doing right before our noses.

  6. Hey MG, it is very early Saturday morning but you have me thinking about wine. My grandfather was a wine maker. We, as children would love to visit him each year when the scuppernong grapes were ready. Those scuppernong grapes were popping good times for us as children. I can also remember there would be an event at which time people would come and taste and compare a number of new wines he had just made and some of his old ones. They would judge the quality of wine by tasting it. There would be tasting when people were about to buy. Depending on the grape and the wine making method, all things would be judged, i.e. the color of a rosé varies from pale to vivid. We would hear words from our grandfather like complexity and character-potential (suitability for aging or drinking) and possible faults. He was very successful at this with all his wines so I have been told.

    As I sit early this am and reflect on new wine, old wine, good wine and the wine maker I am reminded of a teaching Jesus gave recorded in Mark 2:22 “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will make the skins burst, and both the wine and the skins will be ruined. Instead, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.” Was he saying; “don’t be stupid folks, not even the town halfwit would put new wine in an old wineskin, or old wine in a new wineskin.”

    Reading Mark 2 gives me a vivid picture of Jesus and his dealings with folks who refuse to taste the new wine. What do you think? I hope I am not one that looks @Jesus hanging on the cross and raises a glass of vinegar to his parched lips because He loves only me and my color, age and gender.

    Dear God, please help each American that is judging how to vote today through Tuesday, to make a wise choice based on kneeling at the foot of the cross you suffered on for all regardless of race, age, or gender. Let us not do anything other than for the purpose of love and that is the love you gave at the Cross of Calvary. May each of us bless the world as we vote because we see the world through Your Eyes, Jesus the Living Christ. Come Holy Spirit we need you!

  7. Thank you Gary for your wonderful points to consider. Soon we will have a new President. We all say we want change. WE THE PEOPLE need to pray Sara’s prayer above. It is up to “WE THE PEOPLE” to get out and VOTE. Change in the land – It is up to “WE THE PEOPLE to … to humble ourselves and pray and seek (the Lord) and turn from (our) wicked ways, then (the Lord) will hear from heaven and will forgive (our) sins and will heal (our land). (2 Chronicles 7:14) Once the election has been decided it is up to “WE THE PEOPLE” to pray daily for those in authority. If “WE THE PEOPLE” DO what God ask there will be healing rains upon the US. In the doing, WE THE PEOPLE determine the course of the nation.

  8. AMEN, SARA! THANK YOU!! That was what was in my spirit as I read those Scriptures. You said it excellently!
    Your comment reminds me of another scripture in Hosea. I had heard this expression all my (young) life. When some scheme or plan or idea wasn’t well-conceived or thought out or researched, whatever it might be, critics or other people said it was “half-baked”. I thought it was a slang expression of disapproval. But in Hosea 7:8, the Lord tells Hosea that Ephraim is a cake NOT TURNED. I wrote a note in my margin…”half-baked”.
    Wow! I believe the Lord is saying that Ephraim (or whosoever, us or US, maybe??) that instead of seeking the Lord and relying on Him as Counselor in great, important as well as smaller matters, they were “mixing” themselves among the peoples, the secular opinion, the political ways of people who do not seek the Lord. Their plans are Half-Baked…not well done. They do not seek the Lord but their own ideas and the old ways of thinking and their pride testifies against them. They were without a heart of understanding that the Lord is doing a new thing…”but still they do not TURN TO HIM. They are HALF-BAKED! The Lord called them “silly doves”.
    Oh, that we would TURN OVER to the Lord these grave matters of Life and death so that we would not be scorned and derided among the nations. For we have no power and authority to preach & reach the world for Christ if we are just like them. We will be needing help ourselves, just like they do and there will be no one to help once we have rejected GOD’S PLAN for us.
    Indeed, Come Holy Spirit we need YOU. And You are welcome in this PLACE.

  9. RENA, May I add to your comment WE THE PEOPLE are “WE -THE -PEOPLE-OF-THE-LORD-GOD-ALMIGHTY.”! GOD”S PEOPLE are the ones who will have to do that. We cannot expect those who are in secular oblivion to reach out to the Lord. But we can, for them. We can do it. The Bible has many narratives where God’s people turned back to Him and prayed and sought His face and turned from their wicked ways and He was their GOD once more……(but not many). Let us not be among the fallen kingdoms of the world because we neglected so great a salvation.
    Holy Spirit, thank You for Your anointing on us to pray for our nation….BIG TIME! To pray for the lost, BIG TIME. Give us another chance to bring this nation back from the the brink. We have traveled too far from the SHORE of DELIVERANCE and SALVATION. But we can still see the glimmer of the LIGHTHOUSE. THAT LIGHT IS JESUS CHRIST>

  10. Two other bullet points Gary had:
    – God raises up one and puts down another.
    – The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord, He bends it however he wills.

    Do we the people that pray to God have a part in the above two bullet points? Today I asked the Holy Spirit to purge our perceptions. Where we may see darkness,may we see light.

  11. I believe we have a definite part in the God’s raising up one and putting down another and the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord. He bends it however he wills. What an awesome responsibility we have as Christians to pray and focus on God no matter what is happening. Lord may each one pray and stay focused on YOU as your hand moves to bring perfect peace. Hopefully U.S. will never know God’s withdrawal from our land. May each of us be a shining light for you as we fold our hands and lift them in prayer for this nation and as we go light the world for Jesus.

  12. I think scripture indicates that we that pray to God have a part in the two bullet points. Intercession can be powerful when we are in right standing with God.
    James 5:16 says “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
    It seems from Exodus 32:9-14 that Moses’ intercession changed God’s mind from bringing the judgment on the people that had angered Him with their sins.
    “I have seen these people,” the LORD said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.” But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God. “O LORD,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’ Then the LORD relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. “

  13. God puts one down and raises us another. It’s true. Promotion comes from above and all we can do as believers is pray that we WILL KNOW GOD”S Will. That HOLY SPIRIT will reveal HIS will to us so that we can participate on our part in what God is doing NOW.
    Then we pray that the one that GOD puts in office has a heart for GOD and that the man/woman will be led by the SPIRIT of the Living GOD and make his decisions accordingly. Holy Spirit knows how to run the government. Like Gary said, God doesn’t ask us to help Him run the universe,etc.; like keep the stars in the sky, keep the oceans at the banks, keep the earth revolving on its axis, etc.
    So, yes….we pray the will of the Father as revealed by Holy Spirit.

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