Pastor Schlueter's Message

October 2016

“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.” Proverbs 21:1 (ESV)

One of the perks I have from being “in the field” is the opportunity to see a lot of beautiful areas of Missouri. One of the areas I enjoy the most is the drive alongside the Mississippi River. Whenever I am working in the area, I like to take my lunch break and just watch the river flow by. A stream of water, even one as large as the Mississippi River has no mind of its own. It stays on its course, taking everything that travels with it down the its wide channel until it flows out to sea. There are very few events which are large enough to change its course. Very few indeed, but it can happen.

I believe that many of us are troubled today because we see our nation flowing on path that seems to have no mind of its own. Here are a few things we might hear today. “The course that has been set can’t really be changed.” “We are just floating down an inevitable path.” “How can the course be changed?” “Will electing the right person change the course?”

The verse from Proverbs reminds us once again, who is control. It shows God’s power to change the course of even the greatest stream of water. “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.” Proverbs 21:1 (ESV)

In the hand of the Lord, even a king’s thoughts are like water in an irrigation canal, which farmers can divert in the channels they select. (Lutheran Study Bible commentary)

I recently read an article written by the popular Christian writer, Max Lucado. I want to share one piece of that article that I found to be encouraging “When we wake up to November 9, post-election, when the confetti is swept away and the election is finally over, what will we see? I have a prediction. I know exactly what November 9 will bring. Another day of God’s perfect sovereignty. He will still be in charge. His throne will still be occupied. He will still manage the affairs of the world. Never before has His providence depended on a king, president, or ruler. And it won’t on November 9, 2016.”

So cast your votes on November 8 as it is your privilege to do in this country. Simply remember this on November 9; our Christian faith leads us to pray for our leaders whether they are our choice or not. Pray that they will all be guided by the Lord’s hand and turn to do His will. Pray that we will also act in accordance with God’s will in our own lives so that others are pulled from the stream of an inevitable fate and are channeled into a new life.

In His service,

Pastor Schlueter