“The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his anointed … He who sits in the heavens laughs.” (Psalms 2:2, 4)
“King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords,” do these titles sound familiar to you?
They may be familiar titles, but are they mere terms in the English language? Or are they the terms by which all things are governed?
When God declares that He reigns over all and that He is indeed “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords,” do we believe it?
As believers, we may acknowledge this in a spiritual sense but ignore the political relevance of these titles.
“For the kingdom is the Lord’s, and He is the governor among the nations.” Psalm 22:28 (KJV)
The problem for us is that it can be so easy to start looking to a politician for answers and for hope, but the Scriptures have never supported that idea.
God never wanted us to find our hope in government or any man or woman.
I remember when Barack Obama was elected in 2008, I was at Bible college in California.
The evening of the election, I went into the campus coffee shop where it was being announced on television that Obama was our new president. There were multiple people that were very upset and yelling, and even a number of people crying because they were so upset that a liberal had won.
I remember laughing. Not because I don’t care about politics, but because I couldn’t help but laugh at the false hope that people had put in the American government. My point is not about Obama’s presidency and whether or not there could have been someone better elected. My point is that we can not put our hope in earthly government.
Now, I don’t know where you sit politically and I don’t really care (for the sake of this). Our hope should not be in any man and certainly not in any government.
I am not saying it is wrong to vote; please do! By all means, voice your opinion and make a stand. But I have never come across a single Scripture that has encouraged us to find hope in a men or government.
Even the best leaders in Scripture were only as good as their obedience to God; any hope there was still in the Lord and not in man.
In all actuality, Scripture tells us not to put hope in any man other than Christ. Jesus is our King and we are a part of His Kingdom.
“In His name the nations will put their hope.” (Matthew 12:21)
So, maybe you want to “Make America Great Again,” or you love Hillary. Maybe you are still feeling the Bern, or maybe you hate all of them and are now considering Johnson: In all this, ask yourself where your hope lies?
Please vote. Do so prayerfully and with Scripture guiding your choice. However more important than voting for a presidential candidate is trusting in the Kingdom of God.
He is truly our King. He rules over all and He is sovereign over the nations. No matter who wins, whether it’s who you voted for or not, just know that He is still in control.
If He is truly “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords,” trust that He has His sovereign hand over all, and He uses governments and leaders for His ultimate plan.
A few months ago, while the DNC was wrapping up their convention, my community group was having a discussion about the Kingdom of God. It’s here, it’s now—we must submit and recognize that He reigns over nations and, more importantly, our lives.
If we are “not of this world” or as 1 Peter says “sojourners and exiles,” then we can live for His Kingdom and not put our hope in mankind’s government where it does not belong.
Remember, God is in control and He laughs at the plotting, scheming and campaigning of men.
Why does God Laugh? He laughs when mankind tries to elevate their own will above His. Our hope and trust is in His sovereignty, not our presidential candidates.