What's Going On?
This has been a tumultuous week for our nation. After the anxiety-producing election in November 2020, we had two important Senate elections in GA on Tuesday, and on Wednesday protestors breached the US Capitol building—forcing legislators to take shelter and disrupting the congressional certification of the Electoral College vote. These are sad events for our country. During this chaos, we must remember some essential theological truths.
What we see transpiring in and through these difficult and disturbing events is the outworking of the eternal will of God. The Bible teaches that God has an eternal plan. Ephesians 1:11 says that God “works all things [even pandemics and political outcomes] according to the counsel of His will.” God’s rule is not of this world. It can and never will be thwarted. King Nebuchadnezzar, after God restored his sanity, said that God’s “dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and He does according to His will. . . None can stay His hand” (Dan 4:34–35). And in Isa 46:10–11, God says, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose . . . I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.”
All of human history—past, present, and future—is playing out in exact accordance with God’s design. There’s no chance. There’s no randomness. Nothing can or does fall outside his divine purpose. Everything falls within the purview of God’s plan.
What’s the takeaway? When you start to become anxious about the future, review these truths. Remember that you are not, nor have you ever been, in control. God is. And He is far greater, far more loving, knowledgeable, and praiseworthy than you. Kings and rulers come and go. You come and go. What will abide forever is the plan of our great God. He’s got it covered. For the Christian, everything is going to be OK. Trust Him. There is no need to worry.