by Pastor Lester
“Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.’” Psalm 2:1-3
David really didn’t expect a reply when he asked this question. Why? Because there really is no reply. It was simply an expression of astonishment: “When you consider all that the Lord has done for the nations, how can they rebel against Him!” God has provided for every nation, every people, their basic needs (Acts 14:15–17). He has guided them, sustained them and kept them alive, even sending a Savior to bring forgiveness and eternal life (Acts 17:24–31; see Dan. 4:32). Yet, from the tower of Babel (Gen. 11) to the crucifixion of Christ (Acts 4:21–31) to the future battle of Armageddon (Rev. 19:11), the Bible records humanity’s foolish and futile rebellions against the will of the Creator.
Kings and minor rulers form a conspiracy to break the bonds that the Lord has established for their own good. The picture is that of a stubborn and raging animal, trying to break the cords that bind him to the yoke (Jer. 5:5; 27:2). But the attempt is futile totally done in vain. Because the only true freedom comes from submitting to God and doing His will.
Freedom without authority is anarchy, and anarchy is bent on destroying all that it controls. Once I saw a bit of graffiti that said, “All authority destroys creativity.” How foolish! Authority is what releases and develops creativity, whether it’s a musician, an athlete, or a surgeon, and part from submitting to the authority of truth and law, there can be no true creativity and there can be no salvation.
Let us submit our will to God’s, allowing Him to create within us a new heart creatively filled with His love.