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He (God) changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; (Daniel 2:21 ESV)

I don`t wish to make any kind of political statement about yesterday`s election here in Ontario.  Some of you are likely overjoyed at the results, and some may be experiencing dismay.  Where ever you fit on the spectrum, it is good to know that even Canadian Provincial Elections are not beyond the boundaries of God`s sovereign plan.  As Daniel said above, it is God who sets up kings or Prime Ministers, or Premiers, or any authority.  We may not understand WHY he chooses particular people or parties, but it is crucial to understand THAT, though we try to exercise wisdom and use our freedom to vote, ultimately, God raises up rulers.

So why does He do this?  God demonstrates his sovereignty over all things, from the smallest electron in the universe, the the entire cosmos itself, and he delights to show his power and sovereignty in directing all of human history – often through very, very flawed people – to show of the splendor of his glory for all time and so that one day when we are with Him, we may be able to look back over history and see it dripping with the sweet, aromatic, unfathomable wisdom, goodness, and power of God to accomplish all He desires.

I may be wrong on this, but I think the only mentions of God’s laughter in scripture is over the schemes of human rulers, who think they can thwart His plans (see Psalm 2).

Later on in Daniel, God shows his sovereign power over by far the most powerful man in the world at the time.  He humbled the mighty king of the Babylonian empire Nebuchadnezzar for a time.  And when he regained his sanity and former power, all his testimony is of the power of God to do what he pleases with nations and rulers.

He says, ”  At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” (Daniel 4:34-35 ESV)

So brothers and sisters, how ever you voted yesterday, be encouraged.  There is no government that can thwart the gloriously wise plans of our omnipotent God, and he has a good belly laugh at any that think they could.

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