The “I” that lingers nearby, that soulish side of me, is quite saddened by events that transpired yesterday. But the “no longer I” that dwells in me has a settled spirit today. I have utmost faith that the man God voted for–much as He voted for Nebuchadnezzar to czar over His own covenant people for a time–is in place.
No hanging chad or voter fraud kept God’s choice from gaining the highest office in the land. “It is He who changes the times and epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings…” (Dan 2:21) Asaph declared, “God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another…” (Ps 75:7) The “no longer I” has not one shred of a doubt that God sovereignly decreed it from His Throne and His will was done in the earth.
So why Obama?
It seems clear to me: he isn’t George W. Bush. Many were swayed by rhetoric alone but many more just wanted change from the status quo. And change they’ll get. The presently declining economy admixed with the now-former Senator’s policies will undoubtedly usher in some pretty dismal days.
The mills are rife with rumors: stronger government control. Through the roof taxation. A more accomodating atmosphere for radical ideologies only seven years removed from 9/11. Expanding socialism. A welfare culture that rewards laziness. Just rumors? Perhaps. But take notice: nearly as many that voted for the man voted against the man and half the country is poised for the worst. I’ll go ahead and say it. Judgment is beginning. God is cleaning His house. He is preparing His Bride.
Would I have preferred a McPailin administration?
Depends on which “me” you’re addressing. The ‘ego-me’ or the ‘no longer I’ me? Right about now I’m putting duct tape over the ego-me’s mouth and renewing his/my mind. I’m putting that little guy in a prolonged time-out…crucifying him wouldn’t be such a bad idea either, come to think of it.
In summary, this ‘no longer I’ casts his vote for Jesus, knowing He has ALL authority in heaven and earth. Any ruler below heaven–even those that scare the stuffing out of the natural man and a quaking church–is a delegated authority and is subject to a Higher Authority. God’s Kingdom operates through authority. It is everywhere. Government. Civil servants. Military. Employers. Pastors (couldn’t leave that one out). When Paul was admonishing us to submit ourselves to the authorities, it was a pretty mean dude who sat as Emperor–Nero–even though his maniacal years lie just ahead.
So, at around 11:00 last night, when Obama reached the magical number that would vault him into the White House as our 44th president, I jotted down some things that I believe came straight from the ‘no longer I’s’ frame of thinking. I trust you’ll join me.
- pray for President-elect Obama and the awesome task he has ahead of him and submit so long as his delegated reign does not interfere with the arch-reign of Jesus Christ
- repent for a worldly, compromising, flaccid church that has stood idly by as satan’s kingdom has slowly knocked the lights out of this land
- grieve for the sins of America–especially THE transgression of self-rule that typifies the ego-me
- disentangle myself from all idols and attachments because everything that can be shaken will be shaken (Hebrews 12:25-29)
- Do not fear man but trust the Lord
- And then there’s this:
“Oh Lord, we know all is well. We trust Thee for all.
We love Thee increasingly. We bow to Thy will.”
Bow not as one who is resigned to some heavy blow about to fall or to the acceptance of some inevitable decision. Bow as a child bows, in anticipation of a glad surprise being prepared for it by one who loves it. Bow in such a way, just waiting to hear the Loving Word to raise your head, and see the Glory and Joy and wonder of your surprise.
–God Calling, October 28, p173
That’s called “no longer I” thinking…