In a world filled with turmoil, trust in God's promise
February 23, 2011 - It seems that the world is in turmoil.
People throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East are rising up over the totalitarian regimes that have controlled them for many years.
Additionally, we have concerns in our country regarding Egypt because the former regime was pro-American in policy. The same is true in Bahrain.
Libya's leader was at one time on the forefront of terrorism, and if there were a regime change in Iran, it certainly would not be a negative for us or anyone else for that matter.
With everyone wondering where this is all going, I believe it is very important for all of us to remind ourselves that the world is never just out of control.
The scriptures tell us that God rules in the armies of heaven and in the armies of men. Of course, this does not mean that every war is instigated or controlled by God, but it does tell us that God watches over the affairs of men to keep His purposes moving forward.
Many prophets of old have foretold of turmoil in the areas surrounding Israel. In the end, God has ordained that this will be where God will fully manifest His glory in the affairs of men.
Many people claim to have a full understanding of God concerning these events, but my experience has been that they prove to be wrong more often than right.
Throughout history, we have always claimed to know what God wants done and we are always quite helpful (in our minds) getting God's plans implemented.
This was true even at the time of Christ. Even the people who crucified Jesus Christ thought that they were doing God a favor.
Before His meeting with Jesus Christ and the call to be one of His disciples, the Apostle Paul persecuted the Christian church to the point of consenting to the murder of Christians, all the while thinking He was doing God a favor.
If we really want to do God a favor, we would get out of His way—not help Him clean up the world.
What we can do, however, is to proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom of God. According to the scriptures, this Gospel is the declaration that our God reigns. While man seems to always be messing things up, God is the redeemer of man.
In the Bible, the word redeemer is one who pays for the mistakes of others. God pays for our mistakes, but wouldn't it be better if we would allow Him to do His work and actually help Him in His endeavor?
While God's job is to rule the world, our job is to announce His reign to the world. If we would take our rightful place, we would also come to a place of rest where we would cease from our own labors and simply watch God do the real work.
In truth, this is the goal of the Christian walk. In the Old Testament, the people of God were in bondage as slaves in the land of Egypt.
God sent Moses to bring them out of Egypt and take them to the Promised Land, which was foretold to be a land of great blessing.
When the children of Israel came to the Promised Land, it was inhabited by giants; fear of the giants convinced them that God had set them up for disappointment.
The children of Israel refused to go into the land and rebelled against their leader, Moses.
In the Bible, God said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.'"
The people of God could not see God offering them rest. Why? The children of Israel were looking at the giants, not the promise of God.
When God makes us a promise, we do not have to make it happen—that job belongs to God. All that we are called to do is believe God and make the announcement of His reign.
Simple plan isn't it? Unfortunately, we spend our time trying to take control of our world and other people; in the end, we miss both the promise and the rest that God has for us.
The Word declares in Hebrews 4:9-10, "There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His."
The Rev. Loren Covarrubias is pastor of Mt. Zion Church.