Certainly the eyes of Americans are on politics right now. With the events of the Democratic National Convention and the recent Republican Convention, the rhetoric is certainly flowing. So are the promises and the verbal attacks. Many decisions will need to be made once in office in light of current issues and problems. It certainly will affect the direction of America.
While none of this is new to politics in America at election time, it is evident that the major candidates have to be carefully evaluated. Both have “interesting” histories, and it must be taken into consideration, as well as their platform. Past performances of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump can certainly indicate probable future performance. Much prayer is needed for our future leaders – and present ones, too!
One thing that clearly stands out in the Bible is the blessing that a godly person can bring to a nation. How they were often able to change the history of that nation (Israel and Judah) simply because they read the Bible and sought their answers and direction from God – from Whom they received infallible wisdom and direction.
If you have been following my posts, then you know that a number of them have been about revival. Revival is a work of God performed in believing hearts to bring God’s people back into a right relationship with Him. Oftentimes, many souls are saved at about the same time. Today, the world and its allurements loom large in the hearts and minds of a large number of believers, leaving little room or time for real worship and service. It is doubtful that the Apostle Paul would recognize many of them as real Christians.
The reason I have been talking so much about revival is because God is needed to bring a correction and re-direction to America. As a whole, the nation is undoubtedly moving away from God and His Son Jesus Christ. What believers need to realize is that this is always the tendency of non-believers and nominal Christians.
While the polls are important and not to be neglected, the greater problem is neglecting God – the only One Who can re-establish righteousness in the land! Is He willing to do it? Yes! Can He do it? Yes! But it is also certain that at some point America will answer for its current sins and indifference!
On more than one occasion in the Bible, God faulted and judged leaders and those who followed them because they looked to people rather than God first for deliverance or answers! One such example is found in II Chronicles 16:7, where we see that Asa could not totally defeat the enemy because of it: “And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.”
This principle applies on large and small scales. Blessings that might have been are often missed because looking to God first has been overlooked. If you are a believer and reading this, I hope that today you will look to God first in His Word, and let Him guide and strengthen you. Revival, and the real hope of America’s future, rests with you and me.
Evangelist Mike Valles