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Steve Lyston | God governs the affairs of men

Published:Saturday | September 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM

When will mankind understand that regardless of man's plans, God has the final say? He rules the Earth!

The more we try to remove God's presence and principles from the governing of a nation, the more chaos, crime and confusion will increase. Leaders and governments are accountable to God. God ordained the institution of government for the regulation of human affairs, and one of the rights of any government is to protect the rights of its citizens. A government is a respected institution extended to all. No government is independent of God's rule!

Governments must seek God for wisdom concerning:

What is God's number-one priority for a nation or for his people in a season?

What laws should they institute or remove in a season?

How to please Him (God).

Any government that tries to please the people and the investors at the expense of pleasing God will have a short tenure. There are leaders - locally and globally - who are listening to everyone else except God and what He has to say. We cannot build a nation without seeking God and applying His principles.

Benjamin Franklin quoted from Psalms 127, Daniel 4 and Genesis 11 as he spoke to the US Congress: "Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proof I see of this truth - that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that "except the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain that build it. I firmly believe this and I also believe that without his aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. I, therefore, beg leave to movethat henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business".

 

SEEK GOD'S DIRECTION

 

How many leaders, government offices, security forces or private businesses and institutions know this? and how many take time out to have a retreat or daily devotions in their organisations to seek God's guidance on how to run the affairs of the organisation or nation?

It is better to be ridiculed and laughed at by men as you seek God's direction, and then succeed as a result, than to be accepted by men and fail God!

Everyone has their eyes and ears tuned to the USA's upcoming election and the rivalry between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. One says his aim is to 'make America great again!' The other says we are 'stronger together'. However, without God, His principles, presence and blessings, can that really happen? Although God allowed America to be great, greatness can only continue and be maintained with God's grace, favour and blessing. This is why God wants America to turn back to Him!

When a nation continually disobeys God, then foreigners will rule over the nation. Deuteronomy 28: 43-44 says: "The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head and you shall be the tail."

Because leaders fail to obey God and seek Him, the priorities of many are skewed. Meanwhile, they look to man to solve the problems that arise. We should never take our eyes from Jeremiah 17: 5-8. The priority locally and globally should be:

To focus on the poor.

Restore the family.

Rebuild a fair justice system.

Have universal health care.

Have a fair immigration system (to include calling an amnesty).

Have a fair business and political environment where small businesses can compete.

Finally, we need to put leaders who have mercy and compassion in strategic positions.