“Kings” and “Kingdoms”

2 Chronicles 34:33   (KJV)   33 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the Lord their God. And all his days they departed not from following the Lord, the God of their fathers.

King Josiah opted to live in obedience to the Lord. He did away with all the abominable ways his predecessors established. The people of his kingdom were also living according King Josiah Hears the Law II Chronicles 34:14-19to the sinful ways of their previous kings. He also influenced the people of his kingdom to follow God.

Most of the nations in the world are not in a kingdom system. Most nations are comprised of different people who have different spiritual persuasions and who subscribe to different sources as their authority. Leaders in these kinds of societies can’t dictate their constituents who to worship. But the truth remains: leaders have certain degrees of influence that others don’t. And leaders choose who they personally worship. Leaders can choose the path of righteousness.

We all are leaders one way or another. As for us believers, we opt to live our lives in complete surrender to the one true living God. We willingly submit to His Kingship. Although we’re citizens of our country, we’re first and foremost citizens of His Kingdom. We live in obedience to His will and His Words. We implore others to be a part. And we lead those who become a part to fully live the Kingdom life—with all its challenges, uniqueness, and joy. There’s no life better.

Of Peace and God

Psalm 46.10

Psalm 46:10    (KJV)   10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

God is God. He’s the one true all-loving, all-powerful, all-wise, all-present, just, holy, unchanging, righteous, immanent, and transcendent Creator and Father. People’s belief or unbelief doesn’t change this truth; it doesn’t change Him. It’s obvious: there are a lot more people in the world who don’t believe Him. But there will come a time when everyone will. Every person, every family, every nation will bow their knees before Him and honor Him for Who He really is. When people or nations rise up against Him, we’re not troubled; He is God, and that’s more than sufficient assurance.

People come and go; kingdoms rise and fall; God is still on His throne: He reigns, and He will reign forever. There are plenty of unbelievers. There are even people who don’t believe His existence but spend so much of their energy trying to fight Him. I pray for them; it’s not easy to kick against a rock.  Those who hate God or the concept of God also hate His followers. It’s understandable why our precious Lord Jesus told us that we are sent out like sheep among wolves. We get persecuted, and these persecutions have come in varying degrees. Some are tortured; some are killed. Amazingly, we can be still; we have peace; God is here; He is our very present help in times of trouble.

It’s because of this inner peace that we are people of peace. We can disagree yet love those we disagree with. God is love, and we who are born of God love everyone. We even love our enemies. Calamities of any form don’t scare us. Earthquakes may come; mountains may crumble; people may riot; nukes may fly–and we would rather not have them, but when they come, our peace doesn’t leave us. God is among us; He is our strength; He is our shield; He is our shelter in the time of storm and chaos. This doesn’t mean passivity. We prepare for potential dangers, but we have peace even in preparation. We live wisely. Our preparation covers the eternal facet. We live honorably before God and men; we love; we care; we do well; we walk righteously; we pursue peace.

So yes, troubles may come, and evil may increase, evil people may rise, but we are still; God is God.

Blessed Nations

Isaiah 26:15 (KJV)

15 Thou hast increased the nation, O Lord, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified: thou hadst removed it far unto all the ends of the earth.

The greatness of a nation—any nation is from the Lord. The land, the beauty, the majesty, the culture, the people, the progress—everything good about us is from Him. We all have come a very long way from our humble beginnings. We humbly bow our hearts and thank Him. We honor HiGod Holding the Worldm; we glorify Him. Yes, there are those who turn away from God, but not us. Perish the thought. We may be few; it doesn’t matter; we remember the Lord our God. We acknowledge Him.

Nations have gone through and go through difficult challenges. Most of us are still here. Bless the Lord; He saves. And a person, a people, a nation trusting in Him will be vindicated. There are those who mock us, insult us, threaten us, attack us, but we have peace; that indescribable peace also comes from Him. Perfect peace comes from Him alone. It’s futile to trust in any imperfect human being to get us there. We pursue peace when it’s at all possible; we know it will come, but the ultimate peace we pursue will be realized only when the perfect, holy, righteous, powerful, just, loving Peron rules. We know of only One.

The life of the righteous, the true believers, despite all the struggles and challenges, despite unpopularity and ridicule, it’s really the best. In the middle of all unrest, we have rest; in the middle of impending chaos, we have peace; in the middle of possible world and cosmic destruction, we look forward to a new heaven and a new earth. We enjoy what we have right now. We don’t have everything, but we have everything we need. Again, He’s the Source. That’s the truth. To deny that is to live in a lie, deception, and delusion. We choose truth. That’s why blessed is a nation whose God is the LORD; it’s a blessing to move in truth.

We are blessed as a nation. We continue to acknowledge our Creator Who has endowed us with all our wonderful inalienable rights and blessings. To do that is to live in ever-increasing blessings. To forego of that state isn’t wise. We stand on what’s wise. If it all comes down to a very few of us—a remnant; there will be: us. We who are called by God’s Name humble ourselves; we call on Him; we seek His face and greater intimacy with Him; we pursue righteousness. He hears; He forgives; He heals—even the ills of a once godly nation.