God’s in Control - Your Daily Forward Devotional

God’s in Control

 

October 12

 

Read Daniel 2:20-21

Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His, He changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

 

Reflect

How are you feeling about the upcoming election? How does reflecting on God’s sovereignty affect your emotions?

 

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are but here in Nebraska, we are experiencing cooler weather. The leaves are changing colors and the days are getting shorter. Summer is gone and fall is here. God keeps the world turning in a familiar pattern. No matter how chaotic things seem, God still brings fall after summer and before winter. We can count on it. It’s a reminder that God is still on His throne.

 

In this passage, Daniel reminds us that it is also God who “deposes kings and raises up others”. He is in charge of those in charge. This should bring us a lot of comfort. With an election coming up, many Christians find themselves anxious. The leadership of this country affects our daily lives. It is important for us to pray and to vote as we feel lead. But remember, it is not the American people who determine who the next president is. God is the one who ultimately determines that.

 

Notice that Daniel is praising God for his wisdom and power. He is praising Him for changing the times and seasons. And He is praising Him for deposing leaders and raising up new ones. If anyone understood what bad leadership can do for a nation, it was Daniel. As a young man, he watched as his nation was carried off into captivity because of corrupt leadership while he was drafted into the service of the Babylonian king. He watched the first king that he served, Nebuchadnezzar, pridefully disobey God and go temporarily insane. Another king that Daniel served was so corrupt, Babylon was overthrown and taken over by the Medes and Persians. One king threw Daniel into a den of lions for praying to God. Throughout Daniel’s life, kings would rise and kings would fall. Nations would conquer and be conquered. Through it all, Daniel praised God.

 

Friends, we don’t know how the election will turn out in a few weeks. We don’t know what the future holds for our country. But we can be like Daniel who was unwavering in his faith in God. He served his country, respected the leaders in authority over him, and yet, obeyed God rather than man when the two were in conflict. And regardless of who was on the earthly throne of his country, he praised his God who was, is and always will be on the heavenly throne.

 

Pray

God, You are sovereign. I trust Your wisdom in determining the next leader of our country. Please give me Your wisdom and discernment as I cast my vote. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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It is comforting to know that God is still in control and always wlll be!
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God, I know that in all things You are sovereign. God, I am falling short in taking up my cross following Christ. I need help in learning to bear the decision to follow Christ and trust in the ultimate plan that You, God, have put in motion. Please, help me to have unwavering faith and be ready to bear suffering for Your Will God. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.
Enjoyed reading this devotional today. The weather in Indiana is similar to Nebraska. Our days are shorter, the leaves are changing colors and falling. Yes, God is still in control.
So very true; there is no denying that God and only God is in charge!
Amen. Yes, God is still on the throne and He is in control. Nothing is a surprise to Him. In God I trust.
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The government is upon His shoulders!
Wonderful and encouraging message for these times
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When we read the Old Testament, we are reading words intended to remind us of what God did long ago for the ancestors of our faith. We learn about who God is. The Old Testament lays the foundation for the Gospel. We have to know where we've been to understand where we are and where we're going in God's plan for redemption. We learn about who God is. "God will work it out, He is awesome.'
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS I PRAY FOR YOUR VOTE TO BE ON MY SIDE WHEREVER I GO;FORGIVE ME FOR EVERYTHING;I ALWAYS NEED YOU IN MY MESS;*THANKYOUJESUS*
Lord God, give me the grace to be a Daniel in my daily life, consistently looking to You in my daily prayer of praise and thanksgiving.
Amen🙏 ! Father, thank You that You rule Sovereignly in all the world. "May You Kingdom come, may Your perfect will be done on earth as it is in Heaven". May it be done also in the election of our leaders. Give us wisdom and a deserning heart to make the right choice in alignment with Your purpose!
Amen ! You are sovereignGod !You put in leaders and take out leaders ! ! Father I pray that who ever you put in office does right by all the people and those who committed crimes and put this country in harms way justice be served ! In Jesus name I pray Amen ✝️🇺🇸
Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he remove kings and set up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have knowledge. God give the wisdom and knowledge to them have to the wise and to the one have knowledge.
Happy to report that the "share" feature is coming soon!
And pray!
Father God, You are and will Always be in control. You have our lives in Your hands, you know our future and what is best for each and every one of us. I ask for Your guidance and lead me in the direction You want me to go. I trust and believe in You Lord. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
To God be the Glory!!!
Well put and good advice; thank yoU!
And may we be courageous like Daniel to face the future.
Our Almighty God has been, is and will always be in control of His creation and its inhabitants. Praise be to God.
Amen may everything goes well I'll leave it in God's hands. AMEN
"Be Still and Know That I AM GOD." You're God I'm not, You Got This! Grace! Grace! Blessings, Jim
Beautiful and thanks
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Thank you for the reminder Who is in control
This election worries me as there are so many people who want to change everything. They are eliminating God from everything and that's scary. People are pouring millions trying to make the change. I pray every day for God to put the right people in as he sees vit
Timely and so true.
Father, You are patient and loving. You want none to be lost and give us opportunities to share the Good News. That can done during campaign seasons as well. Please help us be both attentive and obedient to Your will as we move forward. We must pray for our leaders regardless of the outcome. May we recognize and respect Your sovereignty. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Lord, I offer you my prayers for our country and our representatives during this election cycle. In Jesus name. Amen
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God calls us to be independent much like the case when Joshua saw a man on the road when he was leading the way to Jericho. “When Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua approached him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied. “I have now come as commander of the Lord’s army.” Then Joshua bowed with his face to the ground in homage and asked him, “What does my lord want to say to his servant?”” ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭5:13-14‬ ‭CSB‬‬
Wish I could share this on Facebook. So comforting!
God is sovereign
Excellent!
Amen pray for our country and its leaders
Much love Amen. Thanks Father God in the name of Jesus Christ.
Great devotion for us to remember that God is on the throne and our Lord and savior Jesus is at his right hand interceding for us. If God is for us who can be against us? No one, nothing. Amen
The scripture for today and reminder that God is in control is exactly what I needed to hear! It brings me peace and comfort and helps me to not be fearful of what the future holds. Thank you!!!
Good Word Pastor "He's in charge of those who are in charge". So we ultimately look to Jesus the king of kings and LORD of Lord's.