Daily Devotional for Thursday March 27, 2003
The inauguration of our 43rd President, George W. Bush
( 1 Peter 2:13, Romans 13:1 )
The inauguration of our 43rd President, George W. Bush. The Bible clearly tells us that we are to pray for those God puts in leadership over us. It is the sovereign will of God that allows men to rise to power. Don't forget that at the time these words were being written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (Romans 13:1), Rome was in power and the leaders of that day were involved in the persecution and killing of Christians simply for giving their allegiance to King Jesus as opposed to Caesar. Does that mean God allowed Stalin, Hitler, (Hussein), and all others throughout history to rise to power? The answer is yes! Why? Like in many things, we will never know for sure. The Word says in Isaiah 55:8 that God's thoughts, God's ways, are not ours and we can't even comprehend them. Nowhere in my Bible does it say that God has to tell us everything. It is in these cases that our faith must be real, and we must trust and accept God for who He is in our life.
Because of the unprecedented events that occurred after the November 7th election, and the natural division in people's political views, there are many who are not happy to see George W. Bush become our new President. Over the past 8 years, there have been many, many in our country who have not been happy to see Bill Clinton as our President. The fact remains, from Washington, to Clinton, and now to Bush, God has sovereignly allowed those men to rise to become the leader of our great nation. Because of that fact, and our Biblical mandate to pray for our leaders, I want you to take a few minutes this day and pray for the Presidency of George W. Bush. Above all, that he will be a leader after God's own heart. Not following the polls and focus groups, but the Holy Spirit of the living God. Not making decisions based on political pressure, but on prayer. To be all God intends him to be as the 43rd President of the United States of America.
Even though the Presidency is the most visible and powerful political office, all throughout our great nation there are elected officials in national, state, and local government. People who have chosen to serve their fellow citizens by holding public office. They too have been placed in office by God, and require our prayers. It is a trust they have been given, and while we may not always agree with their politics, we can fulfill our God-given responsibility to pray for them.
I love you and care about you so much. We are so fortunate that we live in a nation where we can freely serve God. So many places in the world this is not possible. We must never take this freedom for granted, and must take advantage of the opportunity the Lord has given us to serve Him and share His hope and love with the world. For the next 4 years, George W. Bush will be our President. Take time each day in your prayers to remember him and the awesome responsibility God has given him to lead this nation.
The study of the end times is very subjective and open to much debate since it is yet to happen. But I can guarantee you one thing. God has raised this nation up in these last days to be a beacon of light to the world. To be a tool He will use in bringing in the final harvest. We are part of God's plan. He has blessed us to live in these exciting last days, in the freedom to really make a difference in bringing people into the Kingdom of God. Let our nation, and let each one of us individually, never lose sight of this opportunity. God bless George W. Bush, God bless the Untied States, and God bless each one of us as we all respond to the call of God on our lives.
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Thank you for standing with me through your love, your prayers, and your generous financial support. We are able to share the hope and love of Jesus Christ with close to 2 million people worldwide every day because you care. I am excited to announce that in 43 months, we have now had over 30,000 people that we know of accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, and a Praise Report archive of over 900,000 praise reports. THAT is why I come in to the office each morning, and why I thank God for YOU every day!!! Together, we are making an impact in the lives of real people all over the world for the Kingdom of God!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller