Every day the news brings us the latest international news. Often we read of great boasts and even threats from rulers and dictators who hate America. These nations (and probably others we don’t know about) are taking steps toward acquiring nuclear weapons. What is the future of our world? Where is God is all this chaos? He is right where He has always been…in charge. Lately, I have been reading the psalms and have noticed the many places God speaks of the nations. We must understand that even though God focuses a lot of attention on the nation of Israel in the Old Testament, He is not just the ruler of Israel but of the world. “The Lord is King forever and ever; the nations will perish from his land” (Psalm 10:16). “For dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations” (Psalm 22:28). Because of the increase of wickedness in the last days, the nations of the world will continue to go through great turmoil (described in the Bible as like the raging of the sea). In the end, however, God will have His way. In fact, even though wrath is coming on the nations that do evil and forget God, the future is one of hope. “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him” (Psalm 22:27). As an individual, I have come to the conclusion that I can’t control or change the power of nations, but this doesn’t mean I should give in to worry and despair. There are some things I can do. I can and must pray for our nation and the leaders and people of the world. I can tell others (from all the nations who live right here in Philadelphia) of the love of God and salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. In summarizing our hope, here is the message we need to hold onto as we have just celebrated our nation’s Day of Independence: “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne” (Psalm 47:8). Not to worry…the Lord is in control!
Pastor Mark Boucher