It’s difficult to not think about how much our world has changed in the past two months. Could we have imagined that the entire civilized world would be shut down like this? It’s staggering, even now, to wrap our head around what has taken place.
It’s troublesome not to be concerned about the immediate and long-term effects financially for us. It’s unsettling to think about the uncertainties about our future and where all this is headed.
Will we be able to have access to food and water? Will we be able to continue to pay the bills? Will I have a job or will I get my job back? Will my business survive? Will life ever be “normal” again?
Will the government force us to be tested for the COVID-19 virus knowing that the test prescribed doesn’t definitively tell anyone whether we have been infected or not? If the test results in a “false positive” and the medical doctors suspect you may be infected, will you be forcibly quarantined at a facility away from your family? (The military is setting up these quarantine areas now.)
Will you be forced to get a vaccination in order to get an “immunity certificate” so you can go out in public again? And if you refuse, how can you shop for food or other needs? Will you be able to work? Will “they” close down your business until you comply?
These are real issues of life right now and we tend to contemplate these questions.
That’s our perspective in real time and space. But what if we were to consider another vantage point – from God’s Throne? Would that make a difference? We must ask: Is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob absolute in His sovereign power? Does He not know what is going on in our world today? I love these selections from Isaiah 40:
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
And marked off the heavens by the span,
And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure,
And weighed the mountains in a balance
And the hills in a pair of scales?
Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
Or as His counselor has informed Him?
With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding?
And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge
And informed Him of the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales;
Behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust. (40:12-15)
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
He it is who reduces rulers to nothing,
Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.
Scarcely have they been planted,
Scarcely have they been sown,
Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,
But He merely blows on them, and they wither,
And the storm carries them away like stubble.
“To whom then will you liken Me
That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing. (40:21-26)
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary. (40:28-31)
Read them again out loud – slowly.
What do these verses mean? They mean Sovereign Power! It was true in Isaiah’s time many centuries ago during the impending captivity and subjugation of the house of Judah.
There is nothing going on now over which He is not in masterful supremacy. With that knowledge, we read this promise to our forefathers and to us today:
Oh that My people would listen to Me,
That Israel would walk in My ways!
I would quickly subdue their enemies
And turn My hand against their adversaries. (Psalm 81:13-14)
Could the omnipotent God of our fathers quickly subdue our enemies? Would it be possible that this whole evil system could collapse in 24 hours?
In addition to understanding God’s power, the perspective from the Throne is realized as well in God’s faithfulness. Will God be faithful to fulfill His covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob on behalf of their descendants? There are two fundamental reasons God will be faithful:
- Because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them. And He personally brought you from Egypt by His great power. . . Deuteronomy 4:37
- For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 7:6-8)
He loves our fathers and promised to keep His oath.
Would God’s choosing of Israel as His People extend throughout the generations until today? Your answer will be the anchor of your soul.
His oath, His covenant, His blood, Support me in the whelming flood
God’s power and faithfulness. These are not promises of theoretical theology. Now, more than ever, they mean something! This can, and should, be our perspective from His throne. If that is true, correct and certain and God cannot lie, then nothing will be impossible for you.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Stand firm! The battle is not yours, but God’s.
Lawrence Blanchard, ND, M.Div
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