Politics, Elections, and Alpha and Omega

Written by:  Dcs. Heidi Goehmann

History is our friend Karl’s passion.  You get him started and he could pretty much go on forever, recounting vengeful and valiant leaders, epic battles, and the contribution of those left unmentioned in the tests of history books.  Karl’s version of history is my favorite.  It’s passionate, but purposeful.  Everything he shares is spirited and he makes you hungry to know more, hear more, learn more.  Better than that, in almost every circumstance, he makes you hungry for God.  Karl teaches at a state university, so I’m sure his classroom looks a little bit different, but in private conversation and in awe of a God who holds all of it in His hands, from the beginning to the messy middle to His faithfulness in each day we have yet to travel.

Isaiah shares a similar message with just as much zeal in Isaiah 44:6-8.  Let’s open our Bibles and read that test –

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel
    and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
“I am the first and I am the last;
    besides me there is no god.
Who is like me?  Let him proclaim it.

    Let him declare and set it before me,
since I appointed an ancient people.
    Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen.
Fear not, nor be afraid;
    have I not told you from of old and declared it?
    And you are my witnesses!
Is there a god besides me?
    There is no Rock’ I know not any.”

The First…and the Last.

And everything in between.

heidi-10-31God sat on His throne and created humankind.  He created every flower and every tree.  He set the planets in motion.  Countries and constitutions sprang up, kingdoms and territories came to be, and God was God over all of it.  Wars are fought, lives lost, and His faithfulness continues.  New nations form, cultures live and grow, languages develop.  Disasters come upon the Earth, dictators oppress, and God’s heart breaks.  But He sees the bigger plan unfolding.  To us, it’s like the slow unrolling of a tapestry.  To Him, it’s the blink of an eye, in all eternity.

He is the First and the Last and everything in between.

Humankind makes gods out of idols and build temples made bu human hands.  We chase wealth and power and success.  We destroy one another to be the best, be the biggest, be the greatest, when we were never intended for those purposes.  And all through it, there are the faithful ones.  God leads His people from ancient times (v. 7), appointed for His purposes, setting them apart of Kingdom work.  The wheels of the clock turn, time marches on.  The Word goes out, the message never changes.

“…besides me there is no god.”

He is the First and the Last and everything in between.

God alone sits on the throne.  We think we have all this power and authority.  We think the next election will make or break mankind.  It may break a nation, but it will not break us.  It will not break His message, His Spirit, His Word.  Through the sands of time the Word continues to go out, leading people to Him in the dark and in the light, in the triumph and in the defeat, in the famine and in the plenty.

We are simply witnesses.

We are called to declare His purposes in all of it.  Like our friend Karl, may our message always be of the hidden things, the works done faithfully, rarely written in textbooks.  When we witness from the vantage point of believers in a faithful God, nothing is lost in the drama, every bit of the tumult and the turmoil has a purpose.  As cheesy as it sounds, it really is His story anyway.

Listen to the promise of the final words of Isaiah 44:8 again –

“There is no Rock; I know not any.”

Look up the following verses and rest in the promise of this God, our Rock.

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 31:3

Psalm 62:6-7

Luke 6:47-48

I don’t want to know any other gods, Lord.  I want to follow You.  I don’t want to trust in anything else, Lord.  I want to follow You.  I want to see you in every piece of history, every trial and every glory.  Be my Rock.  Be my Fortress.  Be my Defender, and let me never look to another person, thing, idea, or place to provide that for me.  Only You, Lord.  Only You.

He is the First and the Last and everything in between.