The reality that we live in a fallen world comes into full view and in vivid color as we watch the scenes on our news networks these last few days. We have world leaders and want-to-be dictators who are continuing to flex their muscles. Terrorists attempt to threaten peace in key regions around the globe, even killing Americans in places like Libya. At times world events that cause harm to so many tempt us to ask the question, “Where is God in all of this?”
The answer to this sometimes stumping question is that God is in control. God both permits and allows world events like these according to His overall redemptive plan. We may not always understand why certain world affairs take place, but our God of redemptive history orchestrates the unfolding of world history for His ultimate sovereign purposes. No arrogant world leader nor dictator will have the last word. The last word is reserved for God!
Makes me ponder the truth of Psalm 2. It speaks loud and clear concerning what the Reformers used to call the “creature – Creator” distinction. In the midst of the world’s unruly unrest, God is in control!
1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, 3 “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” 4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 5 He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6 “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain. 7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. 8 Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” 10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. 12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (NIV)