The shadows of political theater

“…Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth” (Luke 11:2, KJV)

Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Thy will be done.” In doing so, they would repeatedly impress their minds with the goodness of God (Romans 8:31). There are those who may not need this reminder, but many saints do.

Though we know God withholds nothing from his little ones (Romans 8:32; Psalm 84:11), we can still struggle with the answers to our prayers.

  • Sometimes, we struggle with God’s rationale for not giving us what we want. But our depth perception is poor. Usually, we realize God’s wisdom later when we’ve had time to reflect.
  • Sometimes, we get more of what we asked than expected. Or, maybe we get another blessing in addition to what we asked.
  • Sometimes, we might get the thing we think we wanted, but it may be accompanied by unintended consequences.

With regard to prayers for the presidential election in the United States, what was the answer God’s people received? Some seemingly got what they wanted while others did not. Will he use his influence to champion the unborn as many hope? Or will that issue become lost in the mire?

Our depth-perception is poor. We live in the moment. What seems discouraging often turns into a great blessing; what seems encouraging sometimes becomes a curse. Only God knows what will be, and what is best, and why.

Additionally, what a President-elect can or will do for the nation is far from a foregone conclusion. The shadows of political theater are long and dark. Politics, power, never leaves people unchanged. For better or worse? We shall see, Lord willing.

Finally, let us remember that God has his own agenda. Will the President-elect be a blessing, or scourge to the United States? Will he be an instrument of God for greater righteousness, or an instrument of God’s wrath? Some of that will be up to him. Christians should be slow to heap the unmitigated approval of God upon his head, and quick to offer up prayer (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

Meanwhile, God will keep working his plan for the good of his people throughout the world. As Nebuchadnezzar found out, God has his ways (Daniel 4:34-35).

God’s will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.

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Rick Kelley

I began preaching in Wallace, WV (2000-2002), and worked with the church in Proctor, WV (2002-2004). I graduated from the West Virginia School of Preaching (2004), served the church in Prestonsburg, KY as pulpit minister from 2004-2014, and am currently laboring with the Massillon, OH congregation (2014-present). Outside of biblical studies, I enjoy spending time with my much better half, Samantha, and our six children (Christian, Hannah, Noah, Emma, Evan & Leah). We have an equal parts sweet and goofy Golden Retriever (Max), a rather energetic Australian Shepherd (Mallie), and a very chill Goldendoodle (Moses).

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