In a rare break from the theological insights normally posted here, the recent outrage over Donald Trump’s victory has prompted this article.
While sincere empathy for all the frustrated protestors is warranted, tolerance for civil disobedience is NOT. A perspective that is not being widely shared is that of God’s miraculous intervention into human affairs. Therefore, please give prayerful consideration to the following.
Just as we now pray for peace to be restored in America, if we truly value the power of prayer – we must understand that MUCH prayer went up regarding this election, prior to the results. We can ill afford to remain unsettled through double-mindedness.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” – Jas. 1: 5-8.
Trump’s election defied ALL expectations, as has been his ‘track-record’ since he 1st announced his bid for office. Like ALL God-chosen vessels, he has been rejected and ridiculed by his opposition, and made a mockery. This is NOT to infer that Trump is above reproach, but remember, no man or woman ever chosen by God (other than His Incarnation in Christ) was a perfect person. God chose harlots, murderers, saboteurs, scoundrels, and the like through which to perform His miraculous will.
Scripture contains many of accounts of individuals in whom God had a special interest and ordained, protected, and guided throughout their life. Nearly 150 years before Cyrus was born, the prophet Isaiah foretold that God had foreordained this man to be his anointed servant and protected and guided the events of his life in order for him to fulfill his specific destiny.
“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” – 2Chron. 3622; Ezra 1:1.
“[God] says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid” – Isa. 44:28.
“Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belshazzar. The message was true, but the appointed time was long; and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision” – Dan. 10:1.
As the non-Jewish King Cyrus of Persia was chosen BEFORE even his birth to enact God’s will in returning the Jews to Israel, so have many of us been used by God to usher in His perfect will, while yet imperfect beings.
In order to exact a lasting and complete change in the direction America is heading – a complete elimination of the leadership opposed to righteousness had to take place. Only those who were NOT inclined to the clear signs of God’s intervention in these events missed the miraculous hand of God, and therefore fail to realize that they are NOT protesting Trump, but God’s invasion once again into human affairs.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” – 2Chron. 7:14.
The fact that election also produced a favorable majority in both legislative bodies of government is a miracle, and only God produces miracles. Christians who are worried about the results of this election need to prayerfully consider this perspective and allow the peace of God to rule. Statistically, more Evangelicals voted for Trump than either Romney, Bush, or Obama. Of course the ungodly are confused, but Christians who trust God need NOT be! Christians prayed, God answered.