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In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge;
Let me never be ashamed;
In Your righteousness deliver me.
Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly;
Be to me a rock of strength,
A stronghold to save me.
For You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have ransomed me, O LORD, God of truth (Ps. 31:1-5).
As problematic as Donald Trump may be from an ideological point of view, his problems pale in comparison to the type of Satanic agenda that Hillary Clinton would have imposed upon the United States of America had she assumed the highest office in the land.
Very few Americans fully understand the bullet that we just dodged by electing Donald Trump in lieu of Hillary Clinton. Even fewer seem to see how God has extended grace to us in allowing us to dodge this bullet. In fact, most are missing the point of exactly what just happened on election night and why it happened.
Had FBI Director James Comey not reopened the Clinton email investigation in the final weeks of the campaign, Trump would have, in all likelihood, lost this race. All of the polling data indicates this. The electoral momentum did not start to shift until Comey reopened the investigation. Trump’s victory had nothing to do with Trump or any other human agent or strategy. Rather, Trump’s victory is solely attributable to the gracious hand of God.
The Lord answered the many prayers of His people and prompted Comey to act. If you do not see the hand of God in Comey’s actions, ask yourself this basic question: How likely is it that part of the Obama administration (the FBI) would on its own initiative reopen a formerly closed criminal investigation into its own secretary of state just a few days shy of a national election—thereby, in the process, jeopardizing the extension of its own political power by assisting the administration’s political competitor in a presidential general election?
Comey’s actions brought the Clinton email scandals to the forefront of American attention in the same way the released video of Trump and Billy Bush had placed Trump’s character deficiencies squarely before the American electorate a few weeks earlier, thereby causing Trump’s poll numbers to plummet. Comey’s actions, along with the various WikiLeaks, caused the Clinton scandals rather than Trump’s deficient character to be the very last item on the minds of Americans before they entered the polling place on Nov. 8. Consequently, the American people not only elected Donald Trump as the president of the United States against all conceivable odds, but they also kept both the House of Representatives and Senate under GOP control. Nobody, pollster nor pundit alike, reasonably anticipated this outcome.
This is not the first time that God in His grace has put issues front and center before the American people just prior to a major American election. You might recall that in 2008 Barack Obama made an off-script remark to Joe the Plumber involving Obama’s ambition to “spread the wealth around.” This serendipitous remark went viral. Sadly, Americans at that time did not recognize the remark as accurately reflecting the Marxist ideology that it represented. Nor did they allow this remark to deter them from electing Barack Obama in 2008. Our insensitivity to the obvious then led to the next eight years of Obama’s fundamental transformation of America.
Fortunately, this time around when God moved His hand and unveiled what was really happening regarding the Clinton scandals and corruption, the American people listened and responded by rejecting Hillary Clinton at the polls and instead electing Donald Trump.
Thus, God in His mercy and grace answered the many prayers of His people to save this country from Hillary’s corruption and her Alinsky agenda, thereby giving us continued freedom to preach the gospel and fulfill the great commission. The Scripture teaches that God retains sovereignty in the affairs of men. Daniel 2:21 states,
It is He who changes the times and the epochs;
He removes kings and establishes kings;
He gives wisdom to wise men
And knowledge to men of understanding.
Proverbs 21:1 similarly states,
The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD;
He turns it wherever He wishes.
Let’s give credit to where it is due. Trump’s victory is solely due to the gracious hand of God and has nothing to do with the works of man. In this moment of political transition, let us direct attention and worship to God and not prideful man, lest we fail to perceive the hand of God in these events. Sola Deo Gloria: to God alone be the glory!
Beyond that, let us also use this brief and tenuous window of freedom that continues to be granted to the United States of America to teach His truth, knowing full well how ephemeral and fragile our freedom really is. Let us not commit the sin of presumption and assume that this window of freedom that we have been given will be forever with us.
All of this to say, God has graciously worked things in our favor. Let us give Him the glory that He rightfully deserves and let us use this freedom that He has so kindly given us to continue to glorify Him.
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:1-4).
Dr. Andy Woods is a prolific author and speaks nationally on Bible prophecy and related issues. He is senior pastor of Sugar Land Bible Church in Sugar Land, Texas, a full professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston and an adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. Woods is the author of The Middle East Meltdown from Dispensational Publishing House, and we greatly value the opportunity to work with him as a contributing author.
Copyright © 2016 by Dr. Andy Woods. Used by permission of the author.
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