November 9, 2016

Today you should read: 1 Samuel 12

You’re reading this today and by now you have heard the news of who will be the next American President. I’m sure emotions are running high whether the person you voted for or campaigned for won or lost. This was a very emotional and divisive election year, not just for the country, but the church as well. But now it’s over and we can trust in God’s sovereignty. Part of His sovereignty is His Scripture that we have for Jumpstart today. No body from the CPC staff picked this specific passage for this particular day. It was all God as I checked the calendar day for when it would be posted. God is timely in His Word to us and on an emotional day like this one.

Today we read about God’s people desires for a king. God was not enough for them and they believed that they could get their way as a nation and do more good if a person in the most powerful position over them would rule and reign. Samuel called them out for asking for a king but we know they weren’t wrong for wanting an earthly king as much as what they thought would be accomplished with that king.

Whoever is our president today, let God’s Word be that timely reminder that no person will represent us, fight for us and do what we want them to do for the kingdom like God. I don’t care what they promise or don’t promise. God was sovereign with the bad earthly kings and the good earthly kings and we must remember this today.  The more conservative leaders promises us religious freedom and to fight for our values. But soon those promises and that person turns into a functional savior that can never ever truly fulfill what we hope for. The more liberal leaders can make the most faithful Christian to doubt God’s sovereignty and forget how to suffer well like the Bible tells us over and over again. All in all, we must learn from God’s people today, a historic day in our nation but a day God knew about before the creation of the world. A day He wants us to not only trust Him but to be a witness to an unbelieving world. Today doesn’t change our view on advancing the Kingdom and today can actually help us share the Gospel with others around us as people will soon come to find out, every person is sinful and we need a risen savior to take away what politics try to promise. God is in control and He is our King.

  • Take some time today and thank Him for being the One and Only authority over our life to keep His promises and tell Him you will trust in Him, not politicians and kings as good or evil that they are.
  • Take some time to pray for our new president, whether you voted for them, despised them or publicly endorsed this person. We are commanded by God in Scripture to pray for them and their soul. We lose sight of this out of fear and anger but if God is our King, He is victorious, ruling King who already won the battle for us. We have no reason to fear. Pray for that person and don’t stop praying for them.

By: Erik Koliser

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

6 thoughts on “November 9, 2016”

  1. “For the Lord will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the Lord has been pleased to make you a people for Himself”

    Excellent post Eric, a reminder that God is still sovereign.

  2. 24 “But be sure to fear the Lord and faithfully serve him. Think of all the wonderful things he has done for you. 25 But if you continue to sin, you and your king will be swept away.”

    Those verses from today’s passage seem appropriate this morning.

  3. Verse 21 stood out to me: “Don’t go back to worshiping worthless idols that cannot help or rescue you—they are totally useless!”
    Sometimes it’s easy to revert to sinful patterns when life gets stressful. This verse was a good reminder that those things are useless.

  4. Wow! How awesome is it that we would be reading this passage on 11/9/16 after a very late night / early morning waiting to determine our nation’s leader for the next 4 years? We serve an amazing God. My prayer is that our new president will come to know Jesus as Lord and serve humbly with grace & mercy. Thanks EK for an outstanding commentary today!

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