"The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases." Proverbs 21:1
With the conventions and the presidential election fast approaching, it has been fascinating to watch the news, to watch the chain of events that have solidified the candidacy of the players, to witness the tides and turbulence of voter opinion. Volleys fly from one side, then the other, questions on character, religion, policy, experience. Questions rise and fall in breathless cadence. Each side predicts doom should the other party's man win. Each side positions around its candidate with the ferocity of a mother bear...or donkey...or elephant...It would be easy in such an environment to come to believe that the future of our nation lies with the election of one man during one year during this generation.
But it is the Lord who ordains. It is the Lord who ordains. Should we vote? Sure. Should we be involved? Absolutely. Should we get out the vote, research the issues, read the news articles, pay attention? Yes, yes, yes and yes. And then should we worry? No. We serve a Lord who stands outside the linear limits of time, a God who has seen the future, who has seen the efforts and failings of His people and who has created a Fail Safe. Our nation is still in its toddlerhood if one looks at the nations of history and the length of their stays on the power map. We may have many more years as a world leader, we may not. But regardless, it is the Lord who has the king's heart in His hand, it is the Lord who directs that heart down the canals of history. It is not democracy that saves us, it is not a nation, it is not votes, it is not a president. It is trust in an Almighty God who holds the final chapter in His hand and who is not surprised by the outcome. It is the Lord who ordains.