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Written by Jim Jordal   
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

WHEN WILL WE LEARN THAT GOD RULES IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN?

Jim Jordal

“Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up; again, he sends them out, and they overturn the earth. With him is strength and wisdom; The deceived and the deceiver are his. He leads counselors away stripped. He makes judges fools. He loosens the bond of kings, He binds their waist with a belt. He leads priests away stripped, And overthrows the mighty. He removes the speech of those who are trusted, And takes away the understanding of the elders. He pours contempt on princes, And loosens the belt of the strong. He uncovers deep things out of darkness, And brings out to light the shadow of death. He increases the nations, and he destroys them. He enlarges the nations, and he leads them captive. He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth, And causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way. They grope in the dark without light. He makes them stagger like a drunken man.”       Job. 12:15-25 WEB

This passage from the Book of Job could just as well have been written yesterday to describe the present political situation in Washington D.C. Dysfunction and chaos reign supreme in the land, led by political and economic institutions who seem to vie for public disfavor over the fact that no matter what is done, the “fat cats” get most of the benefits.

Translated into simpler language, this passage says that God:

  • Withholds the waters, causing drought.

  • Sends out floods that overturn the earth

  • Possesses strength and wisdom

  • Claims both the deceived and the deceiver as his

  • Sends counsellors away embarrassed

  • Makes judges fools

  • Loosens the power of kings and binds their abilities

  • Leads priests away stripped of authority and power

  • Overthrows the mighty

  • Confuses the speech of trusted advisors

  • Removes the understanding of elders

  • Pours contempt on princes and leaders

  • Weakens the strong

  • Uncovers and exposes hidden actions of darkness

  • Brings to the light behaviors leading to death

  • Builds, increases and leads nations into captivity

  • Takes away understanding from chiefs and causes them to wander in chaos

  • Makes leaders grope in the darkness without light and stagger as if drunken

Notwithstanding all this, we still have leaders blind to the moving of God upon people and nations. Many in the religious community cannot seem to accept the fact that God might get angry at continual violations of his law. They cannot seem to understand that God is sovereign, and does as he pleases: “I form the light and create darkness. I make peace and create calamity. I, the Lord, do all these things (Isa. 45:7).

The question then arises: “Does God choose to do all these things to human beings because of our lawlessness, or do we do them to ourselves by continually violating his law?” Look at the increasingly frightening reports from global warming experts, some of whom now say it’s already too late to stop the oncoming express of warming ocean temperatures, increasingly violent storms, floods, and earthquakes. Other claims that we can still take action to end or at least modify these afflictions. Wherever the truth lies, we can certainly not blame God for all natural disasters, since many are the direct response of earth’s climate systems to the onslaught of human greed and thoughtless stupidity.

Then there are the scores of reports of sexual abuse perpetrated by prominent men on those beneath them in the power structure. And, as the hammer of justice falls on these perpetrators, we seem unable to comprehend that God might have something to do with this. But Scripture says: “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known” (Matt. 10:26). Christians are not to fear the truth, but to revel in it as it topples kingdoms, reveals secrets, and sends confusion among arrogant world leaders. So don’t be afraid; God knows what he is doing.