- Mark Clarke
What Is God Doing?
If you are a Christian and find yourself responding to current world events just like the world, perhaps it is because you are living just like the world.
The world pays no attention to God because they do not believe in God. Their only hope is in human authority, so they beg and plead before men alone. When this does not work, they throw fits before men alone. But God's Word tells us to make our petitions known to God. It tells us to pray about everything and not be anxious, and that the peace of God will guide our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:6).
Yet, today I am seeing Christians respond to things as though there is no God. I am seeing Christians leading the charge in the opposite direction of the clear responses God has already outlined for us. I am seeing believers more fearful than unbelievers at what may be coming upon us. If that is the case, and you are indeed a Christian, what Bible are you reading? What cowardly god are you serving? Where is all the talk about God?
Believers are online sharing woes over human authority. Perhaps it is time to ask ourselves "What is God doing?" What does the Bible say about this current world event? Is God responding to us, and if so how? Has He put us in this place, and if so, why? What choices have we made that He is responding to? We often like to only deal on a worldly level, and I'm hearing believers speak less and less about God. Yet, God is the one Who has us in this place. Not the former world leaders, not the current world leaders. Did God use both godly and ungodly kings in Scripture to carry out His divine plans and even reprove His own people? At what point did He tell believers to stop praying for those in authority and try another route to change their hearts and minds?
The Word of God says that God is the one who sets up and deposes (forces to leave) kings (Daniel 2:21) . A fitting question might be, “what have we (the church) done, or not done to cause God to respond to us in the ways that He has?” When our eyes are solely on humanity, we often see and respond to everything the way everyone else does. If people see it as bad, then so do we. If people see it as good, then so do we. But let's take humans out of the equation for a moment and ask ourselves, "what is God doing?"
Psalm 118:4-9 NLT
4 Let all who fear the Lord repeat:
“His faithful love endures forever.”
5 In my distress I prayed to the Lord,
and the Lord answered me and set me free.
6 The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?
7 Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me.
I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in people.
9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.