This month America gets a new president. Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. His election marks a historic first for the nation. He becomes the first biracial chief executive and comes to office promising a new vision for the nation based on the twin pillars of hope and change.
Even as he campaigned through the fall, events were occurring that would not only change the country but define what would be the top priority for the new administration. An economic crisis of historic proportions was transforming the financial lives of millions of Americans.
Within weeks, upwards of 40 percent of the value of the stock market evaporated. Housing prices dropped nearly 18 percent during the year. The savings and retirement accounts of Americans were shredded. The core of America’s manufacturing base is threatened with the possible demise of Detroit’s Big Three automakers.
America’s role in the world is changing as confidence in its power and commitment is reassessed. All signs point to a realignment of world power within the next two decades as Asia and Europe seek larger roles on the world stage.
When Barack Obama lifts his hand and takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, he will inherit a nation facing more fear and uncertainty than any generation since the 1930s. What should be his first priority? Where should his focus be as he places his hand on the Bible?
Were he to open the pages of that book, he would find many words that could give him direction and encouragement as president. Perhaps none are more appropriate than the words spoken by Solomon when he became king of Israel.
In a vision, God came to Solomon, saying, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
Solomon’s reply showed the first mark of a true leader—humility. He knew his power came from God and that he lacked the wisdom to guide the nation at this critical juncture in its history. Solomon acknowledged he was as “a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.” He knew the nation had great power and influence among the nations of the day. So he made this request.
“Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:5-9 1 Kings 3:5-9 5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give you.
6 And Solomon said, You have showed to your servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before you in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with you; and you have kept for him this great kindness, that you have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
7 And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
8 And your servant is in the middle of your people which you have chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
9 Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this your so great a people?
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This would be the place to start for the new president.
Bible prophecy shows us the world is moving toward the fulfillment of several key events mentioned in Scripture. While we watch the horizon, we also keep our feet firmly planted in today’s world, knowing that God expects His Church to sound a clear message of warning and hope to the world.
To that end we encourage all our readers to pray for the success of the new president. The apostle Paul encouraged prayers for “kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 1 Timothy 2:1-2 1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
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We still have an opportunity and an obligation to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God and Jesus Christ as a witness to all who will hear.
Join us in prayers for this new president. Join with us in prayer and actions that the gospel can be preached to larger audiences. Join us in this good work at this critical juncture of history. Finally, pray with us “Your kingdom come” for the full restoration of all good things of God to this earth. WNP