by Tim Hall
Next week’s inauguration should remind us of a greater truth.
Barack Hussein Obama II is set to be inaugurated on January 20 as the 44th President of the United States of America. In officially being sworn into that office, he will inherit a mind-boggling amount of power and privileges. He will also be handed a slate of serious problems that makes many wonder why any human being would ask to have such responsibility.
As one who occupies a God-ordained office of power (see Romans 13:1-7), Obama should also receive the prayers of God’s people. Paul was clear on this point:
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence, for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:1-3, NKJV).
It matters not whether we agree with Obama’s views. As people who follow the Lord’s commands, we are to pray for the new President’s decisions and actions.
As impressive as this inauguration will be [and, from all reports, it will be quite a display], there was an installation that far surpassed anything that will be witnessed on earth. Daniel was given a vision, recorded for us in Daniel 7:13,14:
“I was watching in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought him near before him. Then to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom the one which shall never be destroyed.”
We become anxious when contemplating the deeds that people can or might do. Those of us who are older often conclude that things are getting worse and worse. In the face of real dangers it is foolish to hold Pollyannaish views. Believing things will get better does not mean they will actually get better.
But may we, the people of God, never lose perspective of the grand picture of life. Regardless of what human may have power, they are still subject to the ultimate judgments of God. Christ is Lord and will be Lord throughout all eternity. There is no need for panic. The sky is not yet falling. As long as the Son of God reigns we will have reason for hope.
Let us pray for our new President, and for all who will have power. May God’s will be done through each of them!