by Eddie Snipes

The Lord Governs the Nations
Eddie Snipes
Psalm 67:4

On this inauguration day it is good for us to be reminded of the scripture's instruction on leadership and our responsibility as citizens and Christians. The Bible has much to say on this topic and as we go through these passages keep in mind that many of them were written during the time when the governing authorities were very hostile toward Christianity. The Lord has given us instructions and He will honor those who honor His word.

Power belongs to God
The first principle to understand on this topic is that power belongs to God alone. Mankind thinks that he is the one who plans his own destiny but the Bible says that even though we may plan our own way, our steps are directed by the Lord (Proverbs 16:9). We also must realize that leaders and those in authority do not govern outside of God's will and they have no power to take our nation where God is not going. There are two important passages that explain this. First look at 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.

God has the power to turn leaders in the direction He chooses. Look at the plans of the leaders who crucified Jesus. The Jewish governors decided not to arrest Jesus during the feast day because they feared a riot and the Roman governor, Pilot wanted to let Jesus go with just a scourging. It was God's will that prevailed for the redemption of Jesus was to be accomplished on the feast of Passover for it was the fulfillment of what the Passover represented. In the end, the foreordained plan of God was established and man's plans were thwarted. During the time of judgment foretold in Revelation, this principle is also made clear. Look at Revelation 17:17
"For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.

The Bible says that God puts it in the hearts o ...

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