I’m watching a live feed from Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt just hours after president Mohammed Morsi was removed from office by the Egyptian military.

Another kingdom falls.  It is amazing to see the different ways the players in this drama have each tried to control the outcome.  President Morsi relied on his position and constitutional authority.  The general population relied on their collective persuasive power in protests in mass numbers.  The army relied on its physical ability to literally impose their will.  

Over and against all of these wills and strategies, I was reminded of Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 2:20-21, “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might.  He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding…”

 As our nation celebrates our independence we must realize that even our political structure is not truly independent.  God is the Sovereign.  His authority cannot be subverted, superseded, or sidestepped.  At the end of the day, this is comforting truth.  I am thankful for the freedoms we enjoy in the United States, but most of all I am thankful that the whole planet is ultimately in the hands of the King.

Ryan serves as the Senior Pastor of Green Pond Bible Chapel in Rockaway, New Jersey. He is married with four children.

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