A Laughing God
A sovereign view on politics.
“The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed… He who sits in the heavens laughs.” Psalms 2:2&4 (ESV)
“King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords,” do these titles sound familiar to you?
They may be familiar titles, but are they mere terms in the English language? Or are they the terms by which all things are governed?
When God declares that He reigns over all, and that He is indeed “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords”, do we believe it? As a believer, we may acknowledge this in a spiritual sense, but ignore the political relevance of these titles.
“For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and He is the governor among the nations.” Psalm 22:28 (KJV)
The problem for us is that it can be so easy to start looking to a politician for answers and for HOPE. But the scriptures have never supported that idea! God never wanted us to find our hope in government or any man or woman.
I remember when President Obama was elected in 2008; I was at Bible College in California. The evening of the election, I went into the campus coffee shop where it was being announced on television that Obama was our new president. There were multiple people that were very upset and yelling, and even a number of people crying, because they were so upset that a liberal had won.
I remember laughing. Not because I don’t care about politics, but because I couldn’t help but laugh at the false hope that people had put in the American government. My point is not about Obama’s Presidency and whether or not there could have been someone better elected. My point is that we can not put our hope in earthly government.
Now, I don’t know where you sit politically and I don’t really care (for the sake of this blog). Our hope should not be in any man and certainly not in any government.
I am not saying it is wrong to vote; please do! By all means, voice your opinion and make a stand! But I have never come across a single scripture that has encouraged us to find hope in a men or government. Even the best leaders in scripture were only as good as their obedience to God; any hope there was still in the Lord and not in man!
In all actuality, scripture tells us not to put hope in any man other than Christ. Jesus is our King! We are a part of His Kingdom.
“As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” Psalm 2:6 (ESV)
“In His name the nations will put their hope.” Matt 12:21 (NIV)
So, maybe you want to “Make America Great Again”, or maybe you love Hillary, maybe you are still feeling the Bern, or maybe you hate all of them and are now considering Johnson, in all this please ask yourself where does my hope lie?
Please vote. Do so prayerfully and with scripture guiding your choice. However more important than voting for a Presidential candidate, is trusting; trusting in the Kingdom of God.
He is truly our King. He rules over all and He is sovereign over the nations. No matter who wins, whether it’s who you voted for or not, just know, He is still in control!
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Rom 13:1 (ESV)
If He is truly “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords”, trust that He has His sovereign hand over all, and He uses governments and leaders for His ultimate plan.
Last Thursday, while the DNC was wrapping up their convention, our community group was “coincidentally” having a discussion about the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is here, it’s now, it’s among us! We must submit and recognize that He reigns over nations and, more importantly, our lives!
If we are “Not of this world” or as 1 Peter says “sojourners and exiles”, then we can live for His Kingdom and not put our hope in mankind’s government where it does not belong!
Remember, God is in CONTROL and He LAUGHS at the plotting, scheming and campaigning of men.
Why does God Laugh? He Laughs when mankind tries to elevate their own will above His. He is in control, He is sovereign, and this world is His. Our hope and trust is in His sovereignty, not our presidential candidates.
Read full Psalm below.
The Reign of theLord’s Anointed
1 Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.