Tancredo de Almeida Neves was a Brazilian politician, and a very good one at that. He was elected to the state legislature in 1947, and in 1953, was appointed Minister of Justice by President Vargas.
After President Vargas committed suicide in 1954, the country entered into a bit of political crisis. Neves was then appointed Prime Minister by Vargas’ replacement, President Goulart. Unfortunately, more political unrest plagued the South American nation, and in 1964, President Goulart was overthrown.
But through all of the upheaval, Neves continued his political dominance, holding office as senator as well as governor. Finally, in 1984, he set his eyes on the pinnacle office, President of Brazil. During the election months, Neves boldly declared that if he could solicit 500,000 votes from his nation’s people, not even God could keep him from becoming president.
Ummm…one thing I’ve learned in life: don’t call God out. He doesn’t like that!
As things worked out, Neves actually did garner the half million votes…but he never became president of his country.
Officially elected by a majority of the Electoral College on January 15, 1985, he was to be sworn into office on March 15th of the same year. However, on March 14th, just one day before he was to take the oath of office, he became seriously ill, and suffered severe abdominal complications. He underwent seven surgeries, but none of them could cure his ailment, and he died on April 12,, 1985, never actually becoming President of Brazil.
In Galatians 6:7, the Bible says,
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Looks like God meant it.
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