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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Are You Scared?

In the past few weeks I've heard the word "scared" used many times in regards to the new administration, the economy, Israel/Gaza and other world events. I was surprised to see comments or blog posts from believers who say they are scared about what is going on the world. Should we as believers be "scared"? Is the world "out of control"?

Not according the 2 Chronicles 20:6: O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms and nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand You.

I went back this week and looked through Trusting God again, especially Chapter 5: God's Rule Over The Nations. Here's some excerpts that have really helped me to see God's sovereignty over the nations.

"...God makes all events of history; all the decisions of rulers, kings, and parliaments; and all the actions of their governments, armies and navies serve His will."

From John Newton: "The kings of the earth are continually disturbing the world with their schemes of ambition. They expect to carry every thing before them, and have seldom any higher end in view, than the gratification of their own passions. But in all they do they are but servants of this great King and Lord, and fulfill His purposes, as the instruments he employs to inflict prescribed punishment upon transgressors against Him, or to open a way for the spread of His gospel......They have one thing in view, He had another."

"God recorded in His Word specific instances of His sovereign rule of history in order that we might trust Him in the affairs of history as they unfold before us today. We should remember that, for those experiencing the events in the biblical narratives, God's hand was no more apparent to them in those events than His hand is apparent to us today in ours."

"....we should remember that God works in history from an eternal perspective, whereas we tend to view the outworking of history from a temporal perspective."

This helped me during the presidential elections: "If these apparently foolish decisions are allowed to run their course, and believers are caught up in the disastrous consequences of those decisions, then we must still continue to trust God even in those difficult times. We must believe both that God is sovereignly in control of those events and that the care and welfare of His children in those events has not been forgotten."

"God is sovereign over the nations. He is sovereign over the officials over our own government in all their actions as they affect us, directly or indirectly."

".....we can and must trust God."

The Lord doesn't want us to be scared. He has put into power these new elected officials. He is in control of all events in the world, whether it's the economy or nations at war. He is sovereign over all. Nothing is out of His control. We can and must trust God!

5 comments:

Renna said...

That was an excellent post, Elaine, and you are so right!

He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind!

Anonymous said...

Well said!

I knew I married a godly woman. :)

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Thank you, Elaine, for your well thought out and Biblically sound post.

Philippians 4:4~7 said...

Amen. Great post Elaine!!

Love, Trish

Marilyn - A Mixed Bouquet said...

Very good post! Thanks for taking the time.