In John 6, we find one account of the feeding of the five thousand. The people flocked to Jesus for various reasons, His teaching, preaching, and healing amassed multitudes wherever His Father led. On this occasion, the day grew long, and the remote location offered no resources to feed the hungry people before sending them home. John 6: 5 and following shares:
Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.
The key insight to hone in on is that Jesus had already formulated a plan to meet the needs of the people.
As we race toward the Convention and the Presidential election in November, it appears panic has settled over true Conservatives in the Republican Party. Every day Never Trumps and Trump supporters fire salvos at each other, neither budging or giving ground. I’ll admit a wave of panic washed over me when Cruz suspended his campaign. With concern for the future of Conservatism, I noted Low Information Voters existed in BOTH parties. And yes, that aggravates me. And I’m especially disappointed in Evangelicals who chose to support Trump over a true Conservative like Ted Cruz. That being said, I won’t spend the next few months, worrying about a Clinton or Trump Administration. Fretting and hand wringing won’t change the course of Providence…note the capital “P.”
It is God who sets up kings and deposes them. Daniel 2:21 shares:
“He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”
Daniel 4:17 reiterates the truth:
“The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom He will and sets over it the lowliest of men.”
A clear understanding of these truths show that politics is merely a method God uses to accomplish His will. Even though less than savory politicians abuse their political muscle, meaning it for evil, God uses it for good. Concerning our Country’s return to biblical principles, we mustn’t believe political entities are wielding the keys to Revival. If a spiritual awakening ignites in America, it will happen when the Church in lockstep marches into the world shining the Light of Christ.
Does this mean Christians should stay home on election day? Absolutely not! Where we have a voice and can elect our leaders, we should exercise that right by voting for those whose views most closely parallel our own.
Might we be disappointed in November’s outcome? Sure. But it’s quite possible, even likely, that America’s suffered under the Obama Administration because our Country’s acting like a petulant child. The Bible states,
“God disciplines those He loves.”
Raising strong-willed children often requires a lesson be taught multiple times. Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed America rush to “hell in a handbasket.” Should we really expect Him to give the Country a godly principled leader when we’ve thumbed our noses at Him? II Peter 3:3 says,
“…scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.”
Isn’t that a perfect synopsis of the world today?
Maybe, just maybe, we’re seeing a rapid decline in morality because Gabriel’s holding the trumpet to his lips. Maybe, just maybe, God’s about ready to send Jesus back for His Bride. No matter the reason for our societal plunge into a cesspool, God’s not in panic mode and He has in mind what He’s going to do.
Unlike a politician’s pledge, we can take God’s promises to the bank.