God still rules

Driving to work this morning, I heard on two different radio stations about the threat of Islam, and how Islam is slowly taking over Europe, especially France. Apparently, those Islamofascists in France have figured out that since they are 30 percent of the population, all they have to do is to continue to have lots of babies, and in 30 to 50 years, they will be able to vote their way into power. I feel sorry for the Frenchies.

But all of this can cause fear here in America as well. Islam has set out to go to war with us and will do whatever it takes to bring down our country. I have to admit that this can cause a great deal of fear. What will the world be like when my son is 35, and having children of his own? I’m not sure.

My hope is that the church will turn back to Christ and be faithful to the God that has called us, regardless of the onslaught of Islam. I hope and pray that Islam fails in their endeavors, but even if they are successful, or seem to be, we are called to be faithful to Him who rules all.

The prophet Daniel was faced with the same fear that we face. He was captured by the Babylonians army and carried off by King Nebuchadnezzar’s army, yet remained faithful to our LORD. Here is what Daniel said to King Neb just before translating Neb’s dream:

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the season; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.

The beauty of what Daniel says is that God is sovereingly in control of all things. Yes, we should remain diligent in our calling, but even then if a king rises up, it is only by God’s hand that that king does so. The God of all creation can take down Islam at any moment if He so chooses. I pray He does, through the power of the gospel, and that many in that false religion will come to know Christ and Him alone for salvation. But again, that has to be God’s hand, not ours. We take the human footsteps and trust that God will move in the hearts and minds of an unbelieving generation.

The true King is still ruling from His throne.

Psalm 89:5ff And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints. For who in the heavens can be compared to teh LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD? God is greatly to be feared in the assmbly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him.

He goes on to say: You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain; You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.

The LORD did crush old king Neb in Daniel’s day, but it was a crushing of the most gentle kind. He used that prophecy against the king, to help bring the king realize his own need of God Himself. The king repented and ended up praising the living and true God. May our gracious God do that as well, to all those of Islam. May there be another great awakening in our own land and may we all turn back to the living and true God, through Jesus Christ, and Him alone. Is Islam to be feared? No. Is our God to be feared? Yes, and reverred. He is to be exalted, and may His glory be revealed in these days filled with strife.