That His Name Be Great Among the Nations

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.” (Daniel 2: 20-22)

It seems lately there’s been a lot of talk among Christians centered around the election scheduled for this November. There is a real sense of anxiety over the potential results, with some Christians predicting the increased persecution of those who would speak the Word to a culture that hates God. These concerns are very real, and the results may have very serious implications in our lives. But we must remember our lives do not belong to us, anyway (1 Corinthians 6:19). We can say with the Apostle Paul, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Christians can take comfort in the knowledge that even the most unjust and oppressive regimes have no power but that which God has given to them (John 19:11). Even though political leaders may ignore Him or reject Him, God is the ultimate sovereign wherein all authority is derived. Although Christians may be persecuted, they can rest in the sovereignty of God over the world and the rulers thereof. The Lord will always preserve His remnant.

It comes down to a fully-orbed view of God’s sovereignty. Either He is sovereign over the affairs of men or He is impotent. If He is powerless over the temporal affairs of the earth, then He is utterly devoid of the power to save a man’s eternal soul. But He is not powerless—He is not impotent. This is the very same God Who set planets in motion, Who commands mountains to be lifted up, Who tells valleys to be cast down; and yet He is also the very same God Who sees the tiny sparrow fall, Who clothes the lilies in splendor, and Who strengthens the frail human heart to serve Him. Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?

No matter the results of November 8th, 2016, the Christian’s primary duty has not changed: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).

Our hearts’ passion should be for His Name to be great among the nations (Malachi 1:11), including America. How often do we lay awake at night, burdened with the knowledge that there are places on the Earth where His name has not even been heard, not to mention the places where it is not great? As for me — not nearly enough.

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