Dear friend, God is never surprised. The election of Donald Trump shocked the pundits and Washington elite and even surprised some of the candidate’s own voters – but it is God who cleared the way for him, whether he fully realizes that or not. That’s because, whichever person had been elected, the rise and fall of a nation’s leaders happens under the sovereignty of God, who is often working in larger ways and with a longer perspective than we can know. The Bible says, “Wisdom and might are his. And he changes the times and the seasons; he removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:20-21).
No one should think that electing Donald Trump will fix our country. America is still a sin-saturated and divided nation, and Trump himself is a leader with human flaws. Elections matter, and this one will have lasting consequences, but only God can heal and restore a nation – and that comes through committed, faithful prayer.
When the people of Israel asked for a king after centuries without one, God gave them one. But the Prophet Samuel reminded the people that ultimately they did not choose their national leaders: “Take note, the Lord has set a king over you” (1 Samuel 12:13). The new king was inexperienced in governing, and God made no promise that things would automatically turn out well for either the new king or the nation. Instead, Samuel presented the people with God’s pathway to success, placing responsibility on both the people and their leader.
Samuel made this commitment to the new king. “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you” (1 Samuel 12:23). Will you make that same commitment to pray for our new president?
About the Author
Franklin Graham is President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.