By Bryan Ridenauer
Yesterday, I wrote a semi-controversial post identifying God as the reason President Obama retained his position as Commander-in-Chief. Some responded with language inappropriate to repeat, blaming “brainless followers” of Obama as the impetus of his re-election. Let me reiterate, Daniel 2:21,
God allows men to come to power, and God deposes men of power…in His time. Yes, mankind steps behind the voting booth curtain, but God retains all authority. Romans 9 speaks to this issue as well. Verse 17 says,
“For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
Even though approximately half of the electorate bemoans a second Obama term, God’s pulling the strings to accomplish His purpose.
Now, does that mean that America’s facing a rosy future in the short-term? Absolutely not. If the movie “2016” correctly prophecies the next four years, this Country’s facing desperate times, possibly comparable to the lean years of the Great Depression. Besides economic turmoil, the President’s ideology asserts the government’s responsible for dictating every iota of the citizen’s life, a definite departure from a democratic republic. Apparently a little more than half the electorate embraces the government’s intrusion, voting for the President who promises “stuff”. But remember, God permitted Mr. Obama’s position in the Oval Office. As God raised up Pharaoh at a particular point in history to carry out His divine plan, He’s allowed the President a second term to advance His divine course as well.
Should we expect difficulties? Certainly. Jesus promised,
“In this world you will have trouble.”
But Jesus adds a word of encouragement,
“But take heart, I have overcome the world.”
The battles’ looming won’t be decided by barroom brawls or caches of weapons. God encourages preparedness, but the forces waging war exist in the spiritual realm. Ephesians 6 details the means of fighting the invisible minions of Satan’s lair:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Author’s Note: You might enjoy reading Author Amanda Beth’s blog series on the Full Armor of God.
America’s facing a spiritual blitzkrieg of epic proportions, won by people equipped and clothed by the full armor of God.
Why did God allow the President a second term? Only God knows the outcome of His permissive will, but I wanted to list some concluding speculative thoughts on the matter:
1. Disciplinary action against a Country far removed from the holiness to which He calls His Church
2. A time of refining for the Church.
3. God’s using this period of history to instigate a revival in America; utilizing a time of great depression and upheaval to turn people’s hearts once again to Him
4. We’re living in the last days, the final moments before Christ’s return
The prophet Isaiah encourages us with these words: Chapter 46: 9-10 reads,
“Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.”
No matter the turmoil surrounding us, God’s in control. Prepare properly for the battle at hand, and watch Him win the victory!