Daniel 2:20-21 “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever:  for wisdom and might are his:  And he changeth the times and the seasons:  he removeth kings, and setteth up kings:  he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding”

President Washington set the tone early on in his first inauguration speech with the following thought: “it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe.”

He closed with a similar admonition:

“Having thus imported to you my sentiments, as they have been awakened by the occasion which brings us together, I shall take my present leave; but not without resorting once more to the benign parent of the human race, in humble supplication that since he has been pleased to favour the American people, with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquility, and dispositions for deciding with unparalleled unanimity on a form of Government, for the security of their Union, and the advancement of their happiness; so his divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations, and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend.”

One of the hallmarks of our republic is the peaceful transfer of power between our executive leaders.  At our 58th inauguration for our 45th president, we expect the same.  Yet, one thing has been askew during these transfers of power.  Over time, we have slowly and steadily taken power away from the One on Whom this republic rests – the Lord.  President Washington knew who deserved, warranted, and required our humble supplication.  He knew who who brought us favour.  He knew who was due our praise for tranquility, security, and happiness.  He knew we must depend upon Him.  He is the source of our power, and any transfer away from a dependence on Him diminishes our prosperity and security.

PLEASE PRAY FOR A PEACEFUL AND PROPER TRANSFER OF POWER IN THIS LAND.  There should be a peaceful transfer of power between men, but more importantly, back to God.

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