February 9, 2020

In Seats of Power

     I spent a few days in Washington DC this week.  This week was something of a significant week in the political realm.  Yes, powerful people across the political spectrum were in an uproar trying to “close the deal” on the  impeachment of the President.  This has been a real production for several months as people in their various perches of power (both legislative and executive) put on a show that will be studied and discussed for years to come.  We have all followed the arguments on TV and have formed some kind of an opinion.  So this week we saw:  powerful people were doing “powerful things” to uproot the “powers that be.”  It is hard to be in DC and not be aware of the power games that are part of this landscape.  Power—how people long for it, strive for it and love it when they obtain it.  As for us, the led, we can’t help but wonder at what all is going on behind the scenes. 

     I’m writing this as a reminder of who, in fact, possesses real power.  It isn’t the elected people we see on TV.  Instead, power resides with God and His Son.  Scripture tells us in no uncertain terms that Jesus has all authority on heaven and earth (Matthew 28) and that he upholds all things by the power His Word (Hebrews 1). Furthermore, God still sets up and destroys kings to this day —  Daniel wrote

He [God] changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others.

He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; 

he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. (2.21).

     With all that in mind, we shouldn’t be focused on the vanity of those who sit in seats of power.  We need to remain focused on the real power behind all things.  We should rejoice that He uses His power for the sake of His children and ensures us that        regardless of life’s circumstances—”all things work out to the good of those who love the Lord.”  We are  faithless when we get so wrapped up in the pettiness of petty people simply because they sit in seats of power.  Our Lord sits on a Heavenly Throne and we are called to remain focused on Him who IS power.  We rejoice in Him.  Brothers, don’t let today’s power struggles steal your joy.  The day is coming in which we will be revealed with Jesus and vindicated in our faith.  Rejoice, great is your reward in heaven. 

Paul Dawson