Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The thing is, it has all happened before and lessons should be already learned. In Isaiah 7, he reminds King Ahaz that we are not to fear or dread threats from other nations and that Ahaz should put all his trust in God because God is faithful in what He promised. In looking at Isaiah 10 we see the opposite side of the coin, in that God uses Assyria's king to accomplish his plan of discpline for the nation of Judah.
"The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." Proverbs 21:1
Kings, rulers, presidents are all helpful and are given by God to help us, but they are not the end all be all. The hope for history does not lie in the power of any human to lead nations in the destruction of other nations, or in a classless society that pretends to answer the disparity between the "haves" and "have nots"; instead, the hope of all men and women in all times of history lies in the consistent purpose and plan of the one true God. Therefore, no matter how dark any moment in history may grow, no party of history is outside of the providence and work of God.
"Israel is no stronger than its capital, Samaria,
and Samaria is no stronger than its king, Pekah son of Remaliah.
Unless your faith is firm,
I cannot make you stand firm." Is. 7:9
To put our faith in men, much less ourselves, is useless. We cannot face any kind of foes in our own strength and expect to win. There is someone else who is in control. God is with us and has the ultimate plan. We should rely on him. I am no stronger than that which controls me. If that is God, I'm in a good place. If the crisis controls me, I am doomed.
I have made my vote count today and for the rest, I will trust in God. I will not fear.
So, I will be confident in God's ability to perform in history all He said He would do. And I will hold fast to the assurance that our God is with us and His purposes will prevail. All human power and human wisdom fall before the power and wisdom of our true God and King.