We truly are living in troubled times. Many leaders - from Washington on down - seem to be going their own way and not God's way. Even in these troubled times, we must remember that God is in control - He is sovereign.
In Isaiah 45, we see a very interesting concept. God anointed and bestowed a title of honor on a king who did not acknowledge Him. "This is what the LORD says to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him . . . . ; I will go before him . . . " (Isaiah 45:1-2). This passage was written about 150 years before there was a king Cyrus which makes this passage even more profound.
King Cyrus was a Gentile king who did not acknowledge God but God had a purpose for placing Cyrus in that position. "For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor though you do not acknowledge me" and "so . . . men may know there is none beside Me." (Isaiah 45:4, 6)
God is sovereign. He truly is in control of everything and can use pagan, non-believing leaders to accomplish His plan. Our leaders, whether we like them or not, would not hold their offices unless God allowed it or chose them for their positions.
A comforting thought - God is always in control and He is always faithful and trustworthy. We can rest in that truth in these troubled times.