Foreward: from the book "NATION BUILDERS"
by Pastor Trevor Saunders
The restless sea is a frequent biblical image for the nations of the world… Just as the ocean is sometimes stormy, so the nations of the world are sometimes in confusion, unrest, or even at war; and just as the ocean's waves and currents are unpredictable, the course of world history is beyond man's ability to chart or predict.
Today the nations of the world wrestle against pandemics and violent exchanges of political conflict. They are abusing power and calling it politics. They are bloated with ideologies that promise national salvation but deliver distrust in leadership and authority. The impact of these transitions has led to distrust in politicians, liberalism, lawlessness, re-engineering of morals, generational disillusionment, and sexual and social confusion.
The nations of the world seem to try to work out their destinies, but the invisible winds of God blow over the surface of the water to accomplish His will in His time. Circumstances may change …but God's covenant with His people will never change. "For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you." Isaiah 54:10. He is our high tower and our refuge in the uncertainties of life. Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? "When you consider all that, the Lord has done for the nations, how can they rebel against Him!" God has provided for their basic needs, guided them, kept them alive, and sent a Saviour to bring forgiveness and eternal life. Yet, from Genesis to the crucifixion of Christ to the battle of Armageddon, the Bible records humanity's foolish and futile rebellions against the will of the Creator.
The world leaders try to break natural and spiritual laws that the Lord has established for their good. But the attempt is futile because the only true freedom comes from submitting to God and doing His will. Freedom without authority is anarchy, and anarchy destroys. The nations’ rebellion isn’t against "God"; after all, acknowledging God is evidence of religious tolerance, the real issue is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The one thing the nations can agree on is; "We will not have this Man to reign over us" Luke 19:14. God is neither worried nor afraid as man rages against Him. He merely laughs from His Throne. After all, to God, the greatest rulers are but grass to be cut down, and the strongest nations are only drops in the bucket (Isa. 40:6–8, 12–17).
Today, God is speaking to the nations in His grace and calling them to trust His Son. Because they are accountable to God for how they govern the world (Rom. 13), the enthroned King speaks to the nations and announces, "I will declare the decree" informing the nations that God rules His creation based on sovereign decrees. When we maintain these laws, the country prospers. The King has an extraordinary assignment and place of ministry for His people. As we discover our place in His Kingdom, the King reveals that Christians uniquely shape nations….
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