Its Amazing how Christians and non Christians alike step in the position of God and speak on His behalf. Its seems as though God needs a defense or because He doesn’t speak at the pace of everyone’s impatience. In my travel and, perhaps yours as well, you’ve often heard these following statements during certain situations.
1. Spare the rod, spoil the child. (When children are acting disorderly)
2. You take one step, God will give you two. (Activating a step of faith)
3. God help those who help themselves. (Remedy for laziness)
4. God has picked a flower out of His garden (The death of someone)
5. God is trying to tell you to get some rest (Someone who is suffering with sickness or injury)
6. God is trying to tell you something. (Someone who can’t get it together)
7. God don’t like ugly. (Someone doing wrong to another)
Perhaps some of these statements are relatively true, but yet not prescise enough for true application of particular situations. God doesn’t have a hard time communicating His will nor does He need us to guess at what He is saying to an individual. It’s a twofold danger when we assume the position of God and speak on His behalf and He didn’t tell us to. The first danger is this, that is, “we” said it and God didn’t. When this is the case, God is misrepresented and is misinterpreted to be something that He is or is not because of our false statements. Certain statements we make at different times could be encouraging for some and wisdom for others but not at the expense of misquoting God or inferring a word from God in order to accomplish what we want and what we think is right. The second danger is when we make these false and misquided statements on the behalf of God and the person listening gets confused and hurt more than receiving understanding and comfort. We end up doing more harm than good. I come to understand that God can use people to communicate His will but He is selective and precise and knows how to speak to us when we need to hear from Him. Let us be careful in what we say to people even when we may think we mean no harm. Further let us be careful in what we claim God has said and He hasn’t made a statement like ours at all. People’s faith are at stake and their destiny with God is at hand.
Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, George Bush, Adolf Hilter, Sadam Hussein, just to name a few, all have something in common that we at times forget. Especially when we began to personally classify and categortize them as we compare their character and leadership ability. They have a heart. Thats right, a heart. Think about it for a moment. What we oftentimes forget is the fact that “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” (Proverbs 21:1). So often we lose our peace and joy, and began to become disappointed, sad, distraught because of the decisions that leaders make whether they directly or indirectly effect us. The reason why we lose it is because we have become distracted from the real agenda. The real agenda in this life has nothing to do with any campaigns or political parties or the decisions men make, but with the agenda of God. You see, with God and His agenda, He desires to fulfill it and uses the decisions of men in executing it. God has always had a bigger picture to paint than we could ever imagine. One would say, how and why would God want to use evil hearted men along with those who really fear Him to fulfill His plan. The answer is, God is Sovereign and He can choose to use whomever He pleases regardless of our personal opinion or viewpoint of the person. Let us not get it twisted. “His” “story” tells of how He has used kings or persons in position to accomplish His ulimate plan regardless of who they were. Lets recount:
A. Pharoah: King of Egypt planned to keep God’s people as slaves, however, God used Pharoah to demonstrate how powerful He is and that He is the Lord. God hardened Pharoah’s heart in order to accomplish His task. (Exodus 10:1-2)
B. King of Assyria: God used the Assyrians to chastise His own people as they were turning into a godless nation. God gave power to the King of Assyria to go in and conquer ruthlessly. (Isaiah 10-5-7) King of Assyria also got beside himself and having an arrogant attitude concerning his accomplishments, God dealt with him as well.
C. King Artexerxes: Nehemiah and Ezra were going back to their homeland after the Babylonian captivity (as God said they would) to rebuild the people, and the1 city. King Artexerxes gave permission for the project and help fund it and yet he was not in convenant relationship with God. (Nehemiah 2:1-8 and Ezra, 7:11-28)
D. King Cyrus: Named and called God’s anointed and used by God to make a declaration to rebuild God’s house and establish His name in the land once again. (Isaiah 45:1- 6, Ezra 1:1-4)
E. Caesar August: Imposed a tax registration upon the whole land forcing every male with their families to go to their birthplace and register (Luke 2:1-7). Joseph had to travel with his pregnant wife to Bethlehem. Note, God said His Son would be born in Bethlehem Judea. (Micah 5:2)
F: Pontius Pilate: Pilate declared to Jesus that he had the power to set him free and the power to crucify him. Jesus answered, “ You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. (John 19:11)
What we must do is learn how to accept His Sovereignty and the execution of His plan. Secondly, learn how to accept who He chooses to execute His plan. after all God doesn’t just choose leaders and uses them but also uses all of us to fulfill His plan (Proverbs 16:9). When we began to accept God’s way over our opinions and feelings and pray for our leaders (I Timothy 2:1-4, Titus 3:1-8) then we can have joy that’s unspeakable and a peace that passes all understanding.