Things Are True
by Pastor Dan Coburn
Proverbs 1:7 says: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”. I know the fear here is more a “reverential awe”, but I’ll be honest with you, the more I learn about God and how serious He is about sin, I fear Him.
What do we know? Let’s recap. Everything in the Bible will come to pass – Matt. 5:18. All the things we understand and all those we don’t.
God said of Israel that they would never know peace, and they would never be defeated. God’s word is true, not because I agree, but because He is God. Still, I have to say, in my lifetime, this has certainly held true. I remember a little incident in the sixties, commonly referred to as “the Six Day War”. About five Arab nations decided they were going to push Israel into the sea. (I don’t remember Egypt being involved - probably something to do with that whole Red Sea thing). Anyway, the war lasted six days and Israel, outnumbered some 100 to one, was somehow victorious. They found abandoned tanks along some 150 mile front. I’ve often wondered what those people saw that made them leave their tanks and run off. The funny thing is, I don’t remember learning about this in school, but it sure rings true of the prophecy of Israel.
He said of Ishmael, (the father of the Arab Nations) that he would be “a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”.
What’s the Question? Does it strike you as odd that God would go to all the trouble of telling us what would take place and then give us no instruction of how to: a) stop it, b) avoid it, or c) survive it?
What’s the Answer? Perhaps we’re not supposed to. Does anyone besides me remember a person or group of people who did something which retrospectively seemed really dumb about the time of the “Y2K”? I saw people sell out their life savings in anticipation of something that never happened, and if it had, all their preparation would have meant little.
I go back to the question at the top of page, and stick with the instructions my Savior did leave us. He says we (who are in Christ) are His ambassadors. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation until His return (2nd Corr 5:19). We are to be about His business of reconciling a lost world unto Him, knowing all the time that He is sovereign, and His Will, will be accomplished. The question is, are you in His will?