(Thomas Brooks, „London’s Lamentations“ 1670)
„I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity
and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.“ Isaiah 45:7
Let us see the hand of the Lord in this recent dreadful fire which has turned our once renowned London into a ruinous heap! London’s sins were now so great, and God’s wrath was now so hot—that there was no quenching of the furious flames. The decree for the burning of London was now gone forth, and nothing could reverse it. The time of London’s fall was now come. The fire had now received its commission from God—to burn down the city and to turn it into a ruinous heap!
Certainly God is the great agent in all those dreadful judgments which befall people, cities, and kingdoms. Whoever or whatever be the rod—it is God’s hand which gives the stroke! The power of bringing judgments upon cities, God takes to Himself,
„When disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it?“ Am 3:6
Whatever that judgment is, which falls upon a city—God is the author of it; He acts in it and orders it according to His own good pleasure. There is no judgment which accidentally falls upon any person, city, or country. Every judgment is inflicted by a divine power and providence. God had given a commission to the fire—to burn with that force and violence as it did—until London was laid in ashes!
Whoever kindled this fire—God blew the coal! And therefore no arts, counsels, or endeavors of men were able to quench it.
All judgments are at the beck of God, and under the command of God. Whatever judgment God commands to destroy a person, a city, or country—that judgment shall certainly and effectually accomplish the command of God—in spite of all that creatures can do. If God commissions the sword of war to walk abroad, and to glut itself with blood—who can command it into the scabbard again? No art, power, or policy can cause that sword to lie still!
God, as He is our Creator, Preserver, and sovereign Lord—has an absolute power both over our persons, lives, estates, and habitations: and when we have transgressed His righteous laws, He may do with us, and all we have—as He pleases. He may turn us out of house and home, and burn up all our comforts round about us—and yet do us no wrong.
„Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him.“ Psalm 115:3.
„The Lord does whatever pleases Him—in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.“ Psalm 135:6
Those things which seem accidental and chance to us—are ordered by the wise counsel, power, and providence of God. Instruments can no more stir until God gives them a commission—than the axe or the knife can cut by itself, without a hand. God makes use of whatever second causes He pleases, for the execution of His pleasure. And many times He makes the worst of men the rod of His indignation to chastise His people with! All inferior or subordinate causes—are but God’s tools and instruments, which He rules and guides according to His own will, power, and providence.
Job eyed God in the fire which fell from heaven, and in all the fiery trials which befell him. And therefore, he does not say, „The Lord gave—and the devil took away!“ Nor, „The Lord gave—and the Chaldeans and Sabeans took away!“ But
„The Lord gave—and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised!“ Job 1:20-21
Certainly without the cognizance and concurrence of a wise, omniscient, and omnipotent God—no creatures can move. Without His foresight and permission—no event can befall any person, city or country. Whatever the means or instruments of our misery are—the hand is God’s! It behooves us, in every judgment, to see the hand of the Lord, and to look through visible means to an invisible God!
„The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me!“ Ruth 1:21
„The Lord brings death and makes alive; He brings
down to the grave and raises up. The Lord sends
poverty and wealth; He humbles and He exalts!“ 1 Samuel 2:6-7
The Gospelvideblog continued these thoughts as follows:
God Controls the King
The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Proverbs 21:1
Whether we complain about […President A] or […Chancelor B], we must always remember that it is God who controls their dealings and decisions. It is God who compels them to make the laws they do. If either man decides to outlaw Christianity, it is because God put it in his heart to do so.
And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding. Daniel 2:21
Regardless how anyone votes. Whether Christians think they need to vote or not. Whether Christians think they need to run in politics in order to “make a difference”, it is sovereign God who decides who get in and who loses.
If I decide or you decide not to vote, doesn’t make one bit of difference to God. His plans are written, decided and unmovable from the beginning of time to the end of time.
Now if you continue to gripe and complain against either man, you are in essence complaining against God. We read in two places in God’s Word where sovereign God decides who comes to power and what they do and yet, you puny mortal man have the audacity to complain?
You think that you have the power to change anything?! You can no more change the course of society anymore than you can stand in front of a moving train and stop it by command!
Whether God decides to put Trump, Clinton, Trudeau or anyone else in power will be HIS decision, not ours. He will get glory out of the decision, fallout and laws made. If Christianity is outlawed and we are hunted like animals, He will still get glory. If Christians are deemed mentally incompetent and we are all locked away in a nut-house, God will still get glory.
God will raise up the exact perfect leader to do His bidding and when that leader has accomplished His plans, God will dispose of him and get another.
The quicker we accept this and submit to this truth, the more pleasing we will be to God.
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