My family and I are reading Training Hearts, Teaching Minds by Starr Meade. It is a devotional that is based on the shorter Westminster Catechism. Today, we moved on to question 26-
How is Christ a King?
As a king, Christ brings us under His power, rules and defends us, and restrains and conquers all His and all our enemies.
Each catechism has a short devotional to drive the answer home...here's an excerpt of todays devotional...
God had promised to send One who would be the greatest Prophet of all to reveal Him and His will to us. He had promised that this One would also be the perfect Priest, offering a sacrifice valuable enough to pay for all our sin and make us right with God. God had also promised that this One would rule as the highest King of all, whose kingdom would last forever.
Before Jesus came, God gave kings to His people. Again they were only to be pictures of His chosen Ruler and to show the need for a perfect King. Some Old Testament kings were better than others. The best one was David, a man after God's own heart. He wanted to rule for God's glory and to protect and defend God's people. In this, he was a picture of Christ, God's perfect King. Even so, at times he sinned miserably. At times he put what he wanted for himself before the will of God. He did some foolish and even sinful things that put his people in danger to get what he wanted for himself. In this, he showed the need for a sinless King who would always seek the will of God and the good of God's people without ever failing.
The scripture reference for this passage is found in Isaiah 9:6-7. It is VERY timely I think, with this being the day after the election.
" 6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, [b] Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David's throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.
I think the message of this lesson is that throughout history, God has ordained kings from every tribe, language and people to rule over their people for an alotted time in history. Some were good, others TERRIBLE. The point in this though, is that through the failures of man we find ourselves constantly searching for the next BEST leader. The one who will solve all of our problems and bring peace to the world. We never seem to tire of searching and hoping for this saviour to come into office.
But he will not be found among men.
He is only to be found in the heavenly realms. I believe God is using the failures of man to show us how desperate mankind really is for the perfect ruler- Jesus Christ.
When He does return to rule His people, we will suddenly see that fleshly men never had a chance of succeeding perfectly as Kings. Christ will rule us with such wisdom, compassion, and love that it will suddenly seem foolish to us that we could have ever put our trust in Man to rule us.
So now that the votes are in and our new president has been named, don't feel fear or hopelessness as you contemplate the downward spiral we will likely face in the next four years, and years to come.
Watch God. Consider what He's doing and what He is bringing to pass. Remember God is Sovereign. It did not take Him by surprise that Obama was elected. He has planned this among everything else to complete His purpose and plan for mankind.
I think that from here on out, the wicked will become more wicked, but according to scripture, the Godly will become more righteous.
Now is not the time to draw back-
...we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. Hebrews 10:38
We, as Christians, will be more persecuted, more sneered at and mocked in the days to come. Our nation...the world in fact HATES christians. It's not a pleasant thought is it? That is what is offensive about the gospel message...that's why so few have been chosen...not just everyone can accept the call of Christ...only those God has enabled. We're not promised health, wealth, popularity etc. once we become christians. We are promised by Christ that:
"..you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me." Matthew 24:9
Are you ready to die for Christ?
I don't want to come off like a "chicken little" shouting "the sky is falling, the sky is falling!" when it's not. But we do not know what's going to happen tomorrow.
Our freedoms could vanish quite quickly under a Socialist Government..which is what Obama is so keen of.
We simply cannot wait until we NEED our faith to utilize it. We need to have our armor on NOW and be ready to GO at a moments notice...come what may.
5 The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears,
and I have not been rebellious;
I have not drawn back.
6 I offered my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
from mocking and spitting.
7 Because the Sovereign LORD helps me,
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
and I know I will not be put to shame.
Let's dig our heels in Saints and go out with a blaze of His Glory!