We Serve A Powerful God!
I recently saw the cover of a magazine called Time Kids. It had a picture of President Trump with a caption stating that he is our 45th president.
When I saw this, the Holy Spirit led me to Isaiah 45. While reading, I kept hearing that there is way too much power being given to President Trump. When I say power, I’m referring to the many individuals blaming President Trump for the foolish behavior of all people.
For instance, my students are working on a Black History Month project. During class, one of my white students made the remark, “Are we going to have a White History Month project?” Immediately, my minority students wanted to verbally destroy him, but I’m in the business of teaching students how to respond without looking like a fool. So, I calmly told my students, “We don’t entertain ignorance we ignore it.” Immediately my students got quiet and continued working. My white student kept looking at me and said “Sooo…” I responded, “So, I’m ignoring you.” Then, I continued working.
I shared this story with someone and the first thing that came out of their mouth was …. “This is all President Trump’s fault!” I quickly reminded them that this student’s remark was result of a learned behavior he got from home. I’m not a fan of racial slurs and I know many are being used, but I must remind myself that they existed LONG BEFORE President Trump got into office. Now, am I saying we have a perfect President in office... absolutely not, BUT after reading Isaiah 45 I have a better understanding of what may be happening in this season and how I should approach it. The whole chapter is amazing, but I will focus on verses 1-13. So, let’s dig into the word!!!
First, Isaiah 45 brings awareness to how powerful our God is and how he will use individuals people deem as unworthy to bring glory to His name. It starts off with the Lord speaking to King Cyrus.
Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,
whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him
and to loose the belts of kings,
to open doors before him
that gates may not be closed:
2 “I will go before you
and level the exalted places,
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
and cut through the bars of iron,
3 I will give you the treasures of darkness
and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the Lord,
the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
What makes this so significant is that the Lord anointed King Cyrus and positioned him as a King. God literally made way for King Cyrus to excel and accomplish what he needed to manifest on Earth. What did King Cyrus do to be worthy of such a position…NOTHING! But, we know God tends to use those of us who are most unworthy of his favor… I think that deserves a quick praise break and if you aren’t led to do so…Humble thyself!!!!!
So, as I was saying, God anointed King Cyrus and positioned him as a ruler, but what is interesting is that God makes it known that King Cyrus did not know him.
For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me.
Hopefully, you’re able to see what I saw at the last part of this verse. The Lord specifically tells King Cyrus that he called him by name even though he does not know him. Meaning, King Cyrus was NOT a believer!
I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things.
The Lord continues speaking to King Cyrus by making himself know to him. He educates King Cyrus on how even though he doesn’t know him, he is equipping and using him to show others that he is the Lord of all! Can you imagine, God using the unsaved to make his name great??? Well, I can, especially since he made all of mankind. Keep reading…
“Shower, O heavens, from above,
and let the clouds rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit;
let the earth cause them both to sprout;
I the Lord have created it.
9 “Woe to him who strives with him who formed him,
a pot among earthen pots!
Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
or ‘Your work has no handles’?
10 Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’
or to a woman, ‘With what are you in labor?’”
11 Thus says the Lord,
the Holy One of Israel, and the one who formed him:
“Ask me of things to come;
will you command me concerning my children and the work of my hands?
12 I made the earth
and created man on it;
it was my hands that stretched out the heavens,
and I commanded all their host.
13 I have stirred him up in righteousness,
and I will make all his ways level;
he shall build my city
and set my exiles free,
not for price or reward,”
says the Lord of hosts.
The Lord goes on the make it known that he is the creator of all things. He even throws some modern-day shade at those who question how he decides to use his creations in verses 9-10. After reading these verses, I had to check myself and repent for all the times I questioned God. Whether we know it or not, it’s not our role to question our creator when he does something that our little human minds can’t comprehend.
After reading verses 1-13, I thought about our newly established leader, President Trump. Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, he has the favor of God on his side. I mean really, how often have we witnessed an individual with NO political background entering the highest level of leadership in a nation… We serve a God who can turn every negative into a positive. He created all things, so why must we say and do things that would make someone question our God. Look, it’s not my place speak ill of any leader. I may not agree with what a leader does, but rather than put my mouth on them, I’ve learned to be obedient to God’s word and pray for them.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
1 Timothy 2:1-6
It’s very clear that our task is to pray for those God has placed in positions of authority regardless of how we feel about their character. As a believer, our number one goal is to see people saved and come into the knowledge of Christ. How can we do that when we are consistently slandering our president? That was rhetorical, because there is no way to justify evil deeds when being a follower of Christ. Many don’t see it yet, but President Trump is being used as an instrument of God just like King Cyrus. Once again, I don’t condone some of the things President Trump says and does, but I know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28) … That includes ME! You may walk away from this post mad or thinking I’m crazy, but before going on a rant or throwing out word curses, I’d prefer you silence your thoughts, meditate on the scripture provided, and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart. Until next time, be blessed, keep your eyes on the Lord, and NEVER forget the power of God!