“Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his place. Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to (for) the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of (from) the king’s goods (treasury), even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses be given unto these men, that they be not hindered.”Ezra 6:7-8
We finally came to an end of this election cycle, and I am thankful that I do not have to endure TV ads bashing one opponent over another. I am also grateful to not receive text messages that I did not sign up for, with informal messaging as if it were coming from a lifelong friend. The election was well attended and the polling places were packed with people eager to put their candidate in power, and people were vested in the results as the final ballots were counted. There are always going to be some who do not like the results of the elections as we move in one direction or another. There will be people whose hopes are dashed with disappointing election results, but God is still on the throne.
It seems like the world has changed dramatically in the last few years, and it’s become a crazy place on many levels. People gravitated to a position and friends were lost and gained due to their stance on a virus that seemed to change the world. If that were not enough, we had some people believing you could be whatever you wanted even it meant an animal or a different gender. I imagine I would have been a Voltron lion in my younger years, but reality struck me down as my limited vertical leap did not allow me to abound into the skies. It is one thing for individual people to feel like this, and it is quite another when the government sanctions and celebrates things that are immoral and ungodly. A Christian can be discouraged in trying to navigate the mandates that are handed down, but God is able to use these dire times to draw people to Himself.
I have been discouraged listening to the news or see what is trending as the world seeks to attack and blame Christians for the troubling things going on. We are not to be discouraged as we see our wicked world, as that is what is supposed to happen as we near the last days before Jesus’ return. With great challenges come great opportunities that God can use. God still controls the heart of the king, and He is able to move political leaders to carry out His perfect will. In adverse times, God is at work just as He in times of perceived peace.
King Darius was not a believer in God as far as we know, but God got ahold of his heart, and He performed His perfect will through Darius. God promised that He would rebuild the temple, and there is no one who would have predicated He would have used Darius to carry this out. He not only used Darius, but he became a key contributor to the work of God and the rebuilding of the temple. Darius grew tired of hearing people oppose the Jews and even made a decree against those who would oppose the work of God. He used strong language to tell what would happen to those who would come against the work. God will use whoever He wants to, and it is our job to be ready in prayer and dependance on Him.
Are you frustrated with current events? Have you grown discouraged with what is going in the world around us? Have you allowed yourself to lose faith in the God of heaven who is able to control all things? Have you been diligent in praying for the our government leaders? Do you believe God controls all “kings”, just like he used King Darius to perform His will? May we not place our faith in the people who seem to be control, but instead put our faith in the One who truly is in control.