You May Have to Vote for Nebuchadnezzar

Today is my state’s primary and we have heard the uproar of Christians claiming that if Christians vote for certain people then how can they call themselves Christians. First of all, who are we to say that someone is Christian or not based on a vote. Second of all, these same people may place a vote in November for someone they particularly don’t like.

When I think of the election for President one thing I know for sure is that God is in control. Whether our particular candidate wins or not, God is in control.

As the latest blogs and articles have been written concerning the candidates, I started thinking about a particular King that God used to bring judgment upon His people. That king was King Nebuchadnezzar II.

King Nebuchadnezzar was King of Babylon from 605 BC to 562 BC. He was considered one of the cruelest and vilest kings in the world. God used him to take the Israelites captive and to bring them to Babylon. During the early part of King Nebuchadnezzar’s bringing the Israelites into captivity, King Nebuchadnezzar put all the praise upon himself for all that he had done. He didn’t place any of the favor of his success from God.

You can read in Daniel 4 that King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and he asked Daniel to come and interpret the dream for him. Daniel interpreted the dream in verses 20-27.

20“The tree that you saw, which grew and became strong, whose height reached to the heavens and which could be seen by all the earth, 21whose leaves were lovely and its fruit abundant, in which was food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and in whose branches the birds of the heaven had their home— 22it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong; for your greatness has grown and reaches to the heavens, and your dominion to the end of the earth. 23“And inasmuch as the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave its stump and roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze in the tender grass of the field; let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let him graze with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him’; 24this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king: 25They shall drive you from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen. They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses. 26“And inasmuch as they gave the command to leave the stump and roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be assured to you, after you come to know that Heaven rules. 27Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.”

But King Nebuchadnezzar didn’t heed Daniel’s warning and the dream came true. King Nebuchadnezzar lost all he had and at the time that God gave it was all restored to him and King Nebuchadnezzar praised God in verses 34-37.

34And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation. 35All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, “What have You done?” 36At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. 37Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.

God uses people that we might think are evil or wouldn’t make a good president. He uses them to fulfill His purpose. Don’t get wrapped up in the election process that you lose your focus praying for our country.

My point is this, whatever happens in this election God is still in control. God has a purpose and a plan for everything. Just because your candidate doesn’t get chosen doesn’t mean that God isn’t working things out the way He wants it to work out.

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