“Now if I had stretched out My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, then you would have been cut off from the earth. But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” Exodus 9:15-16 (NKJV)
Well today is election day here in the United States and this is as close to a political post as I’ll ever make. I want you to pay careful attention to what God says here. First, He says that if He wanted to, He could wipe Egypt off the map. That’s a bit of a paraphrase but that’s basically what He’s saying. If He wanted to, God could have completely destroyed the land and the people of Egypt. God is so powerful that He could destroy an entire nation just by willing it to happen. That’s pretty awesome.
The second thing we have to notice is what we are told in the underlined passage. Everything that God was doing in Egypt was being done in part to prove to the watching world that God controls the people, nations, rulers and governments of the world. God raised up Pharaoh and set him on the throne of Egypt for the very specific purpose of demonstrating His power and to make His name known in all the earth. God wanted Pharaoh and the world to know that He is beyond question the sovereign and omnipotent ruler over the entire world.
It is always important for us to remember the sovereignty of God but it is especially important during an election season. We are being told that this is the most important election in the history of America. Of course, I remember hearing it 4 years ago, 4 years before that and 4 years before that. I didn’t pay just a whole lot of attention to politics before that so I can’t say that it was said then, but I would guess that it was. There is a lot of time and effort being spent worrying about who is going to win the election. There is a lot of fear about what will happen if the wrong guy wins the election. While I expect unbelievers to behave this way, it’s disheartening to see believers act this way.
I expect that unbelievers will wring their hands and lose sleep over an election because this world is their home and a political party and its ideology is their hope. This is not, or at least should not be, the case for believers. This world is not our home. There is no political party or earthly nation that makes up our hope. God is our home. God is our hope. As believers, we are trusting in God and not a political party. Therefore, rather than fretting and worrying over an election, believers should be sure in the sovereignty of God. The idea that God sovereignly rules the world is not limited to Exodus or even the Old Testament.
”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.” Romans 13:1 (NKJV)
“From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.” Acts 17:26 (NLT)
There is a lot that could be said about those two verses but there are only a couple of things that I’m going to point out today. The first is that God isn’t in heaven wringing His hands over the election, the economy, Iran or anything else that’s going on in our world. He is in full control over the events of our world.
The second thing I want us to see is that God controls when nations rise and when they fall. No candidate can bring about the destruction of our nation unless God has determined that it is time for our nation to be destroyed. Throughout history nations and empires have risen in power according to God’s will and they have fallen from power according to God’s will. America will follow this same pattern. America has risen to great prominence in the world according to God’s will and one day American will fall from prominence and it will be according to God’s will.
Now this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be informed and active in voting. Voting is a great privilege that we have and we ought to take advantage of it. However, we shouldn’t lose sleep, get stress related ulcers or have nervous breakdowns over it. We also shouldn’t allow politics to cause us to act in unkind, unloving and ungodly ways.
We should vote according to our faith and conscience and then trust that God is ultimately in control so things will happen according to His will. God was fully in control when Pharaoh rose to power in Egypt and He is just as fully in control of events today. No matter who wins the election, believers should be secure in God’s sovereignty.
For further study read the book of Revelation. As you do, focus on the number of times that God determines to do something and it happens. Read and notice the number of ways that God demonstrates His power and authority over the world. God was in control “in the beginning”, He is in control at the end and He is in control at everything in between.