Read Psalm 33:1-22
Who’s In Charge
The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Last night was a big night. It was our new president, Barack Obama’s first prime-time press conference. The main subject of his public address was the worsening national economy—an alarming upswing in unemployment, home foreclosures, bank failures and a host of other bleak economic indicators.
The president knew that a lot was riding on his ability to go directly to the American people and convince them that his plan to bailout our economy must be supported, and if it wasn’t, the damage done would be irreparable. Agree or disagree with him, one thing you’ve got to give him, he is a gifted communicator with a sharp intellect and a charismatic personality.
But he’s not really in charge—no president really is. And we mustn’t forget that! God is in charge. Economies, presidents and even nations come and go, but, as David says, “the plans of the Lord stand firm forever!”
Sure, poor economies affect our day-to-day lives; so do bad presidents and rotten nations. But just remember, they will come and go. It’s the “purposes of God’s heart” that transcend the current state of affairs in our world.
So today, as you consider the aftermath of the president’s speech and the debate going on in Washington as to how our problems can be solved, pray for our leaders—they really need our help. Actually, they really need God’s help. But at the end of the day, I would suggest that you throw your lot with God—because he’s really the One in charge.
And he always will be!
“Fear is faith in Satan; Faith is fearing God.”