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Points to Ponder: The President: An Instrument in the Hand of God
Points to Ponder
The President: An Instrument in the Hand of God
By Pastor Whitmore
Weekly Contributing Writer
In 1948, President Harry Truman officially recognized the new nation of Israel. It was perhaps a scripture reading that helped him overcome the objections of Secretary of State George Marshall, as well as his own apprehensions. Presidential advisor Clark Clifford said that the establishment of Israel was inevitable. He then read this from Deuteronomy 1:8.
"See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers - to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - to give to them and their descendants after them." (Deuteronomy 1:8).
Israel's Chief Rabbi Isaac Herzog later told Mr. Truman, "God put you in your mother's womb so that you would be the instrument to bring the rebirth of Israel after 2000 years."
According to an essay by Robert Morgan*, President Truman was initially against the establishment of Israel, but political sensibilities and policy considerations were overruled by the authority of scripture.
Is it possible, with our recently elected President that God can use him for purposes, which the man may currently oppose? Is it possible that God put him in his mother's womb, as the rabbi said of Truman, to bring about an historic event that will glorify the Lord?
"The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord. Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." (Proverbs 21:1)
Even this President whom we recently elected can be used of God though we may delight in, or may be fearful of, his policies. And now that he has been duly elected according to the laws of this land, we are to be subject to him.
"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves." (Romans 13:1-2)
Of course our civil obedience is under the greater rule of the Lord God Almighty. The President can veto the decisions of Congress, but God can veto the President.
In the ensuing four years, let us be prayerful and careful, but not fearful. Do we not pray, "Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven"? And so it shall be.
Be careful and prayerful in how you perceive the times and those whose power today is fleeting and will soon pass.
It is the darkness of the velvet background that allows the diamond to shine its brightest. Don't be lulled by the smoothness of the velvet nor be worried by the solid darkness of its fabric. As God's people, look into the diamond; study its every facet. Find His hand on the issue of the moment. It is there.
Our leaders are a reflection of those who elect them. But we are to be a reflection of the glory of God.
(NOTE: I wrote this on the morning after the election, before I knew the results.)
* Source: Robert J. Morgan, "To Their Descendants" in From This Verse, Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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