He Laughs

“Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Psalm 2:3-4

As I’ve been discussing for the past week, God is in control. Consider the story of a five-year-old playing basketball with his 6’10” brother. When the little boy says to his older brother, “I’m gonna stomp on you,” the older brother has little reaction but to laugh. It’s totally preposterous that a boy who cannot even tie his shoes can win against his older, taller brother.

But, isn’t it amazing when the enemies of God threaten to do away with Him! He laughs at them. He laughs at the nations who seek to redefine and minimize Him. He laughs at those who would want to “hold Him accountable” as if Almighty God needs to answer to his creation. He laughs at man’s education and intellect and knowledge and ability to reason. They’ve reasoned God himself out of their society, then turn around to blame and curse Him for every malady that comes their way.

Soon, though, the laughter will halt and God will judge the deeds and misdeeds of a nation and its people. No nation will be excluded. No person will be exempted. It’s certainly a sobering thought if you have no Fear of the Lord or of holy judgment. Yes, God is a God of love and mercy and grace and forgiveness. But He’s also a Righteous Judge (Jeremiah 11:20, Psalm 96:13).

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Why DO the Nations Rage?

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. Psalm 2:1-2

There are many in this world who would shake their fists at God. They’re angry. Before we become self-righteous about their anger at God, I think we need to take a close look at our house as well. Could it be that they look at us and see a lack of devotion to Christ and his teachings? Consider the areas that this might display itself.

  • You talk glowingly about going to church and church events, but what comes out of your mouth the rest of the time is less than wholesome and pure.
  • You badmouth the boss and co-workers.
  • You complain about your spouse and your kids.
  • Gentlemen, you make lewd jokes to your co-worker when the cute woman walks by your desk.
  • Ladies, you criticize your husbands when all the other ladies are criticizing theirs.
  • You spend and spend and spend just like your neighbors.

Now, the subject of this devotion is the world’s anger at God. I not-so-indirectly-accused many of us of acting and speaking in the same way that our “worldly” friends would. Before we move on to other reasons why they might be angry, I think it’s time for the believers to closely examine our own ways and ask ourselves one question: Are we being stumbling blocks in any way for our unsaved friends: speech, manners, actions, emotions, habits, etc?

Robert Boyd Munger wrote a short booklet a number of years ago entitled, “My Heart, Christ’s Home.” It’s still as pertinent today as when he wrote it.

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Where Were You?

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me if you understand. Job 38:4

Whenever I wander into the book of Job, I want to rush past Job’s problems and his so called friends. The meat of the book is at the end, in my opinion. To recap briefly, God gave Satan freedom to do anything he wanted to Job except to take his life. Satan said that Job would deny God in the end. Then Job’s “friends” ridicule and harassed Job day after day. God has heard enough.

He rebukes the Job (and the other three by extension) by walking them through creation:

  • Who marked off the seasons?
  • Who shut up the sea behind doors?
  • Have you ever given orders to the morning?
  • Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
  • Have you entered the storehouses of the snow?
  • Do you know the laws of the heavens?
  • Does the rain have a father?
  • Can you raise your voice to the clouds?

It’s a fascinating chapter to read on its own but in the context of these four men, it makes profound sense. It wasn’t about us. It rarely is.

God is in charge. When the world is crumbling around us, that is the one truth we can cling to. Some times it’s the only thing we can cling to.

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Relying on the King

Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand. Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the Lord, he delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:7-9

Israel relied on the king of Aram and not the Lord. If this isn’t fitting for where we are today in our nation, I’m not sure what is. It’s always dangerous to rely solely on mere men to make the tough decisions that need to be made. Let’s face it, men and women make mistakes. We all do. From President Washington to the sitting President Bush, they have all had to make extremely difficult decisions daily that very few people ever have to make.

Blessed are the leaders who readily admit that they don’t have all the answers and falls on their faces before Almighty God. Blessed also are their followers who also take the time to bathe those leaders in prayer.

And Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord.

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The god of This Age

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4

Any cursory study of Biblical end times will reveal that Satan does not win in the end. And he knows he can’t win, so what does he do? He deceives as many as possible. That deception comes in many forms and ways. Lying, stealing, cheating, lusting, drunkenness, greed, gossip, debauchery, envy, hatred, and every other kind of sin imaginable. Satan knows weaknesses and exploits them.

So when “sinners” sin, why should we be surprised? It doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to stop it, but we really shouldn’t be surprised at the moral decay we see all around us. And we sense that it’s getting worse. Satan knows his time is short and is doing everything in his power to deceive as many as he can. He knows what the “light of the gospel” is and will do what it takes to prevent others from seeing that light.

There are people we know personally that have been blinded by “the god of this age.” Today, pray specifically for that person (by name), that God would remove those blinders. Ask Him to shine the light of his glory into his/her life.

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