As I sat at the foot of his grave, I felt a strong sense of comfort and safety. My thoughts fell on just how close we had come to defeat and to utter destruction. The world would not be the same if God had not directly intervened.
A short while ago, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the grave of Winston Churchill. Thinking about how close Britain came to defeat, it was profoundly comforting to recognize that even against the gravest of adversities, God remains in control. In the depths of world war, He chose to deliver Great Britain and her allies, as it was not yet His time for them to fall. He ensured that the right people were in the right places and used men like Winston Churchill to ensure that His will would be done!
The fact that God sets up and brings down world leaders is an important lesson that Nebuchadnezzar, ancient king of Babylon, needed to learn the hard way. The fourth chapter of the book of Daniel records for us the story of God removing King Nebuchadnezzar's sanity in order to teach him humility. He lived for seven years with the beasts of the field, "eating grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagle's feathers and his nails like birds' claws" (Daniel 4:33).
This humiliation was to teach him "That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men" (v. 17). Surely it was God's will that Winston Churchill was in office at the right time, so that God would use him as an essential component for the deliverance of Great Britain from the hand of Hitler!
In looking at Winston Churchill's life leading up to the Battle of Britain, it becomes evident that God chose him for the job of leading England through World War II. More than just choosing him, God prepared him for the job. It was no coincidence that the right person was in the right position at the right time! What is even more remarkable is that, through history, God has used people who are unfamiliar with His laws, and do not have His Holy Spirit to do His purpose.
This begs one important question. If God, on occasion, prepares individuals who do not know His laws, and do not have His Holy Spirit for extraordinary tasks, then what does He have in store for you? What is God's purpose for those who spend their lives striving to grow in His righteous character and who are willing to give up everything to follow Him?
Daniel also gives us a hint at what God has in store for the righteous: "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever" (Daniel 12:2-3).
Furthermore, John tells us in Revelation that "he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations" (Revelation 2:26).
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