The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance. The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling, He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works. No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. (Psalm 33:10-17)
God Among The Nations
At present, there are nearly two hundred nations in the world. Each one of the nations is represented by sovereignty distinct to geography, culture, and ideology. From the beginning of the nations at the tower of Babel in the plain of Shinar, men have segregated into communities by language and through the centuries the rise and fall of nations show the continual flow of ideas that shape world affairs. Great empires have arisen like dynasties of the Egyptians, Chinese and Romans. Despots have tried to force their will on other nations bringing the world to war as the Germans and Japanese exemplified in recent history. God has used mighty nations to carve His will upon the people of Israel like Assyria and Babylon. Through prophecy, the Lord revealed the rise of the Medo-Persian, Greek and Roman empires who would bring about His will to usher into the world the Son of God. The apostle Paul wrote of the fullness of time when the Christ would come and this was fashioned through the will of the Lord and the Roman Empire. In everything, history has shown the hand of God performing divine will upon the hearts of men through the nations. The Bible reveals the purpose of God’s will and shows the counsel of the Lord directs the blessings and curses that befall any nation. Hitler’s Third Reich did not fall because of the might of the Allied armies but through the divine will of the Father. Japan was not defeated through the wisdom of human might and power but the eternal counsel of the Creator. The Lord used the forces of men to perform His work in destroying the godless nations that seek to dominate the world. He will continue to bring His counsel to bear upon all the nations that deny the Lord. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord and for those nations who turn against the Lord, He will punish. History will prove the providence of God among the nations.
The problem of man is that he thinks he is his own god. Great armies are established with sophisticated technology to defeat the enemy and through great wisdom on the part of the man he believes he can rule the world. Nothing is further from the truth. Great nations exist not through the might of man but the will of God. In the days of the psalmist, an army was as powerful as the courage of the king, the strength of his army and the number of his horses. Even then it meant nothing to the Lord. One angel killed 185,000 soldiers in one night because it was the will of the Lord. Israel often faced insurmountable odds against greater armies and defeated them because the Lord was on their side. Gideon overpowered an army of Midianites that were unnumbered with only three hundred men. The Lord looks down from heaven and determines the destiny of nations because he is the Lord God Creator. Nothing man can invent, create or bring to bear against their enemies will have any power without the will of the Lord. The size of the army will not matter. Designing powerful weapons of mass destruction will be of no use. Filling the horizon with armor, ships, planes, and missiles mean absolutely nothing to God. A dust storm will render useless the technology of man as well as a storm at sea will sink the mightiest battleship. A man believes he is his own god in the department of war and makes himself a fool in the eyes of God.
When the heart of man turns away from God and begins to believe that he alone is god the nation will soon destroy itself. A nation is blessed when it believes in God but when a nation turns away from God there is an impending doom that waits over the horizon. Sadly the annals of history are littered with nations who once believed in the Lord God and filled their counsels with the dregs of human wisdom bringing nothing but misery, heartache, and destruction. There are clear warnings for the United States of America who once proclaimed they were a nation “under God” that the further they deny God the closer He comes to taking away their blessings. The Lord looks down from heaven and He sees the affairs of America and He considers all their works. No nation has stood the test of time that rejects God. The Bible proves it and the pages of history illustrate it. Ironically, the smartest thing man can do is to look into the past to see how all the nations that denied God turned out and then examine the present course of affairs to see where this nation is headed. There will be nothing to stop the chastisement of God upon any nation that denies Him – including America. The eye of the Lord is upon those who fear Him who look for a country that is not of this world. Citizens of heaven look to a promised land yet revealed. Fearing the Lord will bring peace, happiness and the comforting knowledge that God rules and reigns in the affairs of all men to perform His will and His might.