The voters of the United States have spoken and the will of our LORD has been accomplished President Obama will lead our land four more years. At a glance it is clear our nation continues to be highly divided about the future. In addition, the face of American and its values are changing. Some would argue for worse while others would argue the transitions are for the good of the land.
Regardless of which side of the arguement you fall on, we now know who will be our president for the next chapter of our journey. As as citizen of both the United States and the Kingdom of God, I pledge my prayerful support to our president. Even though on a number of key issues I do not agree with his policies and values, I believe him to be a man who geniunely wants what is best for our land. He has inherited challenges that would make the strongest among us cringe and the wisest among us scratch their heads with construnation. He desperately needs our prayers more than our critique and criticisim.
Pray for wisdom and moral courage. Pray for his selection of his cabinet and advisors. Pray for his relationships with international leaders who shape the course of the human race. Pray for his relationships with the key leaders in Congress that must find a way to work for “win/win” soluations for a brighter future for our children and grandchildren. Most importantly, pray for his relationship with God. On more than one occasion Obama has spoken of his Christian faith I believe we need to build on his confession and pray that in trying days ahead that he like Solomon will plead for wisdom that can only come from above and stir within.
I know for many dark clouds hover over the horizon, and for some “the sky is falling.” But let me remind you of the words that came off the lips of Daniel who found himself an exile in a foreign land under the rule of a ruthless leader. Daniel prayed:
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him. Daniel 2:20-22 NIV
If you could peer into the throne room of the LORD you would not find our LORD wringing his hands in dismay wondering what in the world He is going to do about this mess. You would not see sweat on his brow as He struggles with what to do. No, you would see God confidently at work among the nations to bring about His ulitmate purposes and prayers. God heard our prayers. God is answering. We may not fully understand His ways, but we should never doubt His heart and His hands. We rest securely in His nail-scarred hands today and everyday.