Saturday, April 27, 2013

When God Laughs! Part 3

Psalm 2:5-6, “Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: ‘Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.’”

Even though God holds those who plot against Him in derision, it does not mean He does not grow angry when men repeatedly attempt to circumvent His will and authority. God’s displeasure is deep, and He even grows wrathful when rebellion is the order of the day, and those who ought to humble themselves and turn from their wicked ways and seek His face, instead choose to rebel against Him all the more, and incite others to similar action.

Ever notice how the godless attempt to convince others that godlessness is a good and noble and desired ideal? Ever notice how they attempt to belittle anyone who believes in God, or make them out to seem unbalanced and odd?

It’s because they are not content with having become reprobate themselves, they are not content with having surrendered to godlessness and walking in rebellion, they desire others to follow suit and do as they have done.

Within these two verses we also discover why nations are distressed, why things are going from bad to worse, and why every remedy seems to backfire and make the situation even direr than it was before.

Once again, it is an issue of causality…of cause and effect. Because the nations rage and the people plot against the Lord, the Lord grows wrathful and in His deep displeasure distresses the selfsame nations and kings which were plotting against Him.

Depending on the prism through which one sees the world, it would be easy to grow despondent if not outright terrified of what is happening and what is likely to happen based on the pieces which have moved into place on the global chessboard.

Just seeing the world as it is through natural eyes, seeing how the nations plot and scheme and with each bluster and threat come closer to actual, literal war, it would be easy for someone to conclude that we are spinning out of control, and eventually we’re going to come to that culminant point wherein even if we wanted to walk back the rhetoric and be a little less dire in our wording, it will be too late.

As children of God however, we do not see through the prism of the natural. We do not see through natural eyes, but through the prism of the Word of God, and His promises to His children.

No matter how dark the times, no matter how dire the days, we must remember the words of God, and not be swayed or caused to tremble.

“Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.”

These are not the words of any mere man; they are the words of God. Though you might see distress of nations, though you might see wars and rumors of wars, though you might see trials and famines and all manner of things, remember, God has set His King on His holy hill of Zion, and no matter what the world might go through, Jesus is still upon the throne.

God made a declaration. He declared something He had done – not something He would do – and there was no shadow of doubt as to His having done it. God never hinted he would ‘try to set His King upon His holy hill,’ or ‘if everything worked as it should He would set His King upon His holy hill,’ He had already done it. It was a declaration in the past tense of something which had already come to pass, and this knowledge ought to enliven our wearied souls and give us a new and fresh hope. Jesus is on the throne!

Although God laughs at the lawless and rebellious, and distresses them, He has long made provision for His sons and daughters. He has long prepared their place of safety upon His holy hill of Zion with His beloved Son Jesus. He is the place of refuge and safety. He is the place where all worry melts away and fear for tomorrow fades into nonexistence.

We can either be among those whom God laughs at, mocks, and distresses, or among those whom God protects, comforts, and keeps. We can either be true sons and daughters of the Kingdom, submitting to the will of our Father, or rebellious, ungrateful, illegitimate sons and daughters who have somehow grown tired of the Father’s love and mercy.

Depending upon our choice, we reap either God’s goodwill and abundant blessing or His derision and distress.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.


marshall warren said...

Thank you for your encouragement. I rejoice that most of my family and I are redeemed by the Blood of Christ. And I am so thankful for all of God's promises. However, I have family and friends with the belief that "I've been a good person." Or "God is love. He couldn't send anyone to a hell." It is hard for me to be joyful sometimes when I think of my loved ones that are deceived and of those that have already died in their unbelief. I'm like the plow horse. I must wear blinders to plow a straight furrow. In order for me to keep focused on Christ and the Kingdom of God. How our Lord's heart must break when He sees so many reject such a great salvation.

Marshall Warren

FionaB said...

Reminds me of what I've been reading in the first part of Romans where it talks about God giving humans over to their sins and eventually a reprobate mind. Only a reprobate mind could come to the place where it can call something that was once considered evil as being good. We Christians will have to contend with the world becoming more content with calling evil good. Fortunately, we have the Lord on our side and for that I am truly grateful!

meema said...

And yes, no doubt, this is the very good news that I hang onto like a survivor of the Titanic huddled inside the lifeboat. I am not as much afraid as I am sad.

For Him,

Barbara said...

Misery loves company. I think it is called Calvinism if you believe that some people are just not capable of blieving in God. Maybe they realize this and so they just want to drag others down with them. They know that they can't escape hell, so they just embrace evil and demand everyone else joins in to ease their fears.

They are pathetic creatures. They are also not good company or worth worrying about. Some people are born to life and some to destruction. It is all fate.

You can't escape your fate. You will be dragged to heaven kicking screaming and fighting, or you will be led to hell on the wings of song while attacking with a fury anyone who isn't willingly joining you.

The sheep will be separated from the goats. They look the same, but they are created for different purposes. If you know God just be glad for that and don't worry about what everyone else is trying to do.