Guest Blogger: Gena Lakeman – Collecting Seashells
Each week we have the pleasure of having King of Kings member Gena Lakeman write a blog to go with our weekend worship message. Interested in being a guest blogger as well? Contact Alyssa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you ever had the opportunity to walk down a beach and collect sea shells, picking up your favorites and admiring them? Just today I had an opportunity to walk by myself down the beach and I was praying for God to use the time to reveal himself to me. I started collecting some shells to give to my two year old who is fascinated by them. The more I walked, the more I started noticing the distinct differences in each and every shell. Millions of shells lined the beach, not one of them the same as the other. Nowhere on earth will you find two identical shells. God in his creative perfection made each and every individual shell just that, individual. Unique. But, each unique shell was created for a specific purpose – to be a protective cover for certain animals living in the sea. God created even the seashells with a specific purpose in mind.
He has done the same with us as human beings, creating each one of us completely unique and unlike any other on all the earth. All of our physical characteristics and emotional traits are completely individual. Each of us as humans were also created with specific purpose, a God designed plan.
As I was walking and thinking about this uniqueness created by God and the enormity of what that means, my mind wandered to the upcoming elections and about our government, and really the governments, leaders and officials throughout the world. Remember, God himself created each government leader and official in all the world. And, he made each one with specific characteristics and traits. Whether we perceive those characteristics and traits as positive or negative is somewhat irrelevant if we think about where they came from. Not only did he create each of our leaders with specific personalities and motivations, he did so with his own ultimate purpose in mind. Just as God has created the seashells for a specific purpose, he has instituted government and our leaders in America, and around the world, for a specific plan bigger than we can see or even understand. God himself is in control of each and every leader on our earth. Some are good, some are bad. Some are Christian, some are not. God put each one in their place of leadership, for his greater purpose.
“Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power. He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he is surrounded by light” (Daniel 2:20-22).
“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God” (Romans 13:1).
So, what do we do with all of this? It happens that people are raised into leadership positions and positions of authority that we may not agree with or that we question. But, rather than grumble when officials we disagree with are elected, we need to pray. We should be praying for our leaders and our potential leaders. God instructs us to do this.
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
So, my challenge to you is this. With the upcoming elections, how will you pray? How will you ask God to fill these positions of authority and how will you praise him and thank him for those that he will place in these positions? What steps will you take to carry this attitude of prayer for our authorities forward beyond just election day?
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