It is Monday, November 2, and I am pretty sure Jesus is not anxious or overly excited.
He is neither jumping for joy nor wringing his hands because Justice Barrett made her way to the Supreme Court.
He is neither worried about four more years under President Trump, nor is he concerned about four years under a Biden presidency.
He sees all the chaos in the world today, and says, “It is nothing new.” Throughout the centuries, he has watched …
- Kingdoms rise and fall
- Viruses come and go
- Righteousness exalted and forsaken
- Freedoms found and forfeited
- Markets thrive and adjust
And through it all, Jesus is OK. He is not worried or panicked. And why is this? It is because Jesus Christ is God. He is the one who wills whatsoever comes to pass; he decrees and sees everything. Then, with his mighty arm in conjunction with his incalculable wisdom, he brings everything to pass in accordance with his perfect plan. Through it all, the good and the bad, the fun and the sad, Jesus is never frustrated, and he is never wrong. Our Lord, he holds the whole world in his hand, and he is the Universal Regent who ordains all executives, legislators, and judges who enjoy temporary seats of authority in his realm.
Therefore friends, being reminded of the sovereignty of Jesus Christ, this is not a call to be passive. No, not in the slightest! Our Heavenly King has determined to use humans to accomplish his plans. He would have us steward well our power. We should fight for righteousness, equity, justice, mercy, law, and order. We should fight against poverty, classism, murder, and thievery. In all, we should prioritize and promote that which is best for God’s purposes, our families, and our neighbors. Therefore, we should all research, compile, think, pray, and vote. Let us worship our God and love our brothers to the best of our ability!
But as we go through the process, let us remember the truth behind the chaos. Based upon Psalm 2,
The Father thinks …
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
Why do the kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed?
Why do they say, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”
The Father responds …
He who sits in the heavens laughs.
The Lord holds them in derision.
Then he speaks to them in his wrath, and terrifies them in his fury.
The Father speaks …
As for me, I have set my King [Jesus Christ] on Zion, my holy hill.”
The Son remembers …
I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
The Son warns and blesses …
Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
We do not know if we will ever see a “united” group of states again. Who knows if anyone will ever “Make America Great Again.” Will decency and decorum be witness by our nation’s leaders? We miss this, don’t we? We can pray and pursue such.
However, let us always remember this — we are “one nation under God” whether people choose to believe and recite this or not. Jesus Christ is firmly seated on his throne. He has no term limits, and he holds all power. He is sovereign. He is in charge. He is working out his plan, and he is not anxious. Friends, Jesus is OK today. Are we?
Perhaps you can meditate on Psalm 62 with the King of Kings for a few minutes. The song below might be of some assistance in your prayer.