Saturday, 25th January, 2014
To the intent that the living may
know that the most High ruleth in
the kingdom of men, and giveth it to
whomsoever he will, and setteth up
over it the basest of men.
Daniel 4:17b
1:1-5:9; Psalm 23
Read: 2 Chronicles 20:5-6
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the
congregation of Judah and Jerusalem,
in the house of the LORD, before the
new court,
6 And said, O LORD God of our
fathers, art not thou God in heaven?
and rulest not thou over all the
kingdoms of the heathen? and in
thine hand is there not power and
might, so that none is able to
withstand thee?
God rules in the affairs of men.
There is no government of this world
outside the control of the sovereign
Lord. Political scientists may try to
predict future events that will occur
in a government, but the most
accurate information about a
government lies in the hands of God.
In an ideal democracy, people
assume elective positions based on
the votes of the masses. The
constitutions of such countries spell
out how long a government should
stay in power before a change can
take place by the same electoral
process. The sovereign Lord does not
require such procedures to change
any government. The fact remains
that He is in charge in the affairs of
all nations. Wise people would
therefore pray and commit their
government into God’s hands. Those
who think they can carry on without
Him have realised too late that there
is someone above and over all the
governments of the world. A good
example of God’s intervention in
human government is the case of
Egypt. They were at one time the
strongest of all governments on earth
and so controlled to a large extent,
the affairs of the known world. The
sovereign Lord intervened in the
dream of Pharaoh King of Egypt. He
had a dream that troubled his spirit.
The meaning and application of this
dream was beyond what the
magicians could look into by their
usual consultation with the powers of
darkness. Sometimes, God conceals a
secret for a divine purpose to be
fulfilled. God revealed the secret to
Joseph who interpreted the dream.
This feat earned him the position of
the prime minister. Ordinarily, the
slave boy could not have become so
powerful by human manipulation.
Prayer for those in government is
very good and clearly recommended.
God expects His children to pray in
this direction: that He may control
the affairs of their government and
that He may get the attention of
those in power. This is why Paul in 1
Timothy 2:1-2 advised that we should
pray for public office holders, that
God may use them to maintain peace
in our environment.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all,
supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and giving of thanks, be made for all
men; For kings, and for all that are
in authority ; that we may lead a
quiet and peaceable life in all
godliness and honesty.”
We must cultivate the habit of
praying for our governments if we
want God to rule in our affairs for
justice, peace, progress and
Action Point:
Decide from today to spend time
praying for the various governments
of your country and for those in
position of authority.

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