God's Reign is Everlasting

“The Lord shall reign forever and ever.” - Exodus 15:18(NKJV) 

I’m from the democratic republic of Trinidad and Tobago where the most powerful position is the Prime Minister. We also have a President who, though ranked higher, does not run the day-to-day operations of the country but plays a mostly ceremonial role in leadership. The term for each Prime Minister is five years without term limits. Hence, the same person can be elected over and over.  

On election night in 2015, the early results pointed to a victory for the incumbent political party, United National Congress. Then, as more votes were counted, it swung in the direction of their main rival, People’s National Movement, who were ultimately victorious. What was a major victory for one group of people turned out to be a devastating defeat for another.  Nevertheless, even in defeat, those on the losing end could pick up the pieces and prepare for the next election in 2020. Why? Every five years, the people of Trinidad and Tobago get to choose who they want in political leadership. 

There are many similarities to the political process in the United States, but things are done a bit differently. I will never forget the night in November 2016 when Mr. Donald Trump, the businessman, and reality television star became President Trump, the most powerful political figure in the world. My wife, Angel and I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning watching the results roll in from each state.  

Even though the numbers looked all night like President Trump would win, it was so unlikely that we just thought somehow the results would suddenly flip. Alas, it never happened. Eventually, the election results were called by the major television networks. In an instant, the United States was destined for the leadership of President Donald Trump for the next four years. Again, one group of Americans was totally elated by the results while another group was completely devastated. Fortunately, four years later in the November 2020 election, they would have the opportunity to confirm the decision of 2016 or correct it. 

That’s how things work in this world. Nobody reigns forever. In democracies, any leader can be replaced during an election. In dictatorships and monarchies, while people don’t get to choose their leaders, in the end, the dictator, king or queen eventually dies. We can confidently say that nobody reigns forever because nobody lives forever. Well, that’s not entirely true. While that statement may be true about earthly rulers, it’s not true about the everlasting reign of our immortal God. Throughout human history, many dictators or monarchs dreamed of remaining in power forever, but they had to die one day. So, the longest they can possibly reign is their lifetime. That’s why God’s eternal reign is so special. He outlasts every Pharaoh, Caesar, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, or anyone else whose power seems unchecked for a very long time. 

Amid life’s biggest challenges, you must remind yourself that God still sits on the throne. While it may seem at the time like the enemy is winning or his evil human agents have the upper hand, nothing can change God’s position as the King of kings and Lord of lords. This should reassure you that The Lord, whose authority has no limit, is fully aware of what you’re going through and can intervene when He sees fit.  

If you keep that in mind, you will be able to make it through anything. I know that’s much easier said than done but what’s important to remember is that you don’t have a choice. It must be done if you want to survive and even thrive during the storms of life. I have personally used this approach in my own life, and it has helped me through my own challenging experiences. Your problems might loom large for a season but remember that the same eternal God who lives inside of you will outlast them so you should too. His reign is everlasting. 

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