Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 47-49; Psalms 84-85, 87
Mr. Obama, when you became president you joined an elite group in history. Some of your peers are Pharaoh, Saul, David, Solomon, Ahab, Manasseh, Herod, Caesar, Pilate, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush; just to name a few. All of these historical leaders came into their positions with agendas, plans, and goals, but little did they know…
For God is the King over all the earth.
Praise him with a psalm!
God reigns above the nations,
sitting on his holy throne.
The rulers of the world have gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For all the kings of the earth belong to God.
He is highly honored everywhere.
–Psalm 47: 7-9
As we have journeyed through the Kings, we have seen some really good leaders and a lot of really bad leaders and many average kinds of leaders. But through it all we have seen God get His will accomplished through those leaders, whether He was sending blessings or cursing upon the people of God, it was usually done through the leaders of the day.
How appropriate that we should ponder this thought during this Independence holiday. I think we are pointing our fingers in the wrong place when it comes to the problems of the world. Yes, we look to our leaders to lead well, but as the people of God must do our part or God will use those leaders to administer His judgment upon our country. If each of us took 100% responsibility for the state of our country instead of blaming everyone else, we would see God use our “kings” to guide us into prosperity.
What is our responsibility?
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. –2 Chronicles 7:14
America is a great nation because we are a people who do our part. Our leaders will be held accountable for their leadership, but we too will be held accountable to 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Heavenly Father, teach us how to humble ourselves; in our selfish culture, we aren’t sure how to do it. Lord, forgive our sins and heal and restore our land. Jesus, you’ve told us that our prayers can change circumstances; help us to believe You!
In Jesus Name— Amen and Amen!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 1-2; Psalm 10; Psalm 33; Psalm 71; Psalms 91