The ANC, the current ruling political party, is having their 5th National Policy Conference at the Gallagher Estate this week from 30th June to 5 July 2017. The issues under discussion can be viewed HERE.
Under the topic of Organisational Renewal, this remark is made: “Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past”.
There are many biblical references to man’s futile efforts to control his own future. Psalm 2:4 states that God sits on his throne in heaven and laughs at the plans leaders make to exclude God from their agenda. In Psalm 9:19-20, David prayed for God to intervene in the plans of nations, so that people will discover that they are not gods but are but men. In Psalm 73, Asaph struggled with the issue of the perceived prosperity of the wicked, until he entered the sanctuary of God, where the situation was brought into the right perspective. Then his focus was placed on God and His faithfulness.
Let us join in prayer for the leaders of our nation:
Let us proclaim that God is in control of the history of nations, and that He is aware of the discussions and decisions of the members of the ANC in this conference (Psalm 2).
Let us ask God to intervene in our nation and to bring the plans and purpose of those who have wicked intentions to nothing, and that He will administer judgment for the peoples in South Africa (Psalm 9:8).
Let us enter the throne room of God and pray that the hearts and consciences of our leaders will be awakened to perceive that they will one day give account to God of every decision they make. Let us pray that they will consider asking His counsel and His intervention in our nation (Psalm 73:17-28).
Ask that leaders will take spiritual responsibility before God for the nation. It is impossible to govern a nation without God or the Bible. Pray for the fear of God in the lives of leaders and that God will convict them of sin when they deviate from His Word.