Text: Thus saith theÂ LordÂ to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;Â I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:Â And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, theÂ Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.Â For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.Â I am theÂ Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:Â That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am theÂ Lord, and there is none else.Â I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I theÂ LordÂ do all these things.Â Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I theÂ LordÂ have created it.Â Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?Â Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?Â Thus saith theÂ Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.Â I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.Â I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith theÂ LordÂ of hosts. (Isaiah 45:1-3)
Tweet: God uses national leaders, even the unscrupulous and unconverted, as anointed instruments in the carrying out of His preordained plans and purposes upon the earth. In doing so, He proves both His sovereignty over our world and His supremacy within it.