Like many, I’m sick of the word change and even sicker of politics on TV & posted in people’s yards. I don’t believe in being anti-political, but you know when something becomes overpowering-like drinking too much coke or riding the Magnum too many times… Everyone’s been talking about change.
But I always come back to the real story, which never changes. There’s something happening that’s bigger than an election, a race, picket signs, money, debt, buying homes, or drinking coffee. In the culmination of everything lately, this is my conclusion: He does what He does in order to do what He’s doing. The story is not being written about America, global warming, poverty, stimulus packages, or major corporations. It includes those things but is not about those things. The story’s about Jesus. Jesus has been writing a story since…well, since He started writing it in infinite time passed. So no matter who’s king of a nation or who governs your town, the story’s still about Jesus. Biases are not considered. We know that everything has a purpose, everything has a reason and sooner than later, everything will come to a head. Everything will happen [and is happening] the way it should. And if you’re in despair for any reason, you can take solace in that.
I’ve been keeping tabs on a guy named Joel C. Rosenberg [linked here and found here]. If you don’t know, Rosenberg is a writer, strategist, and political columnist. One of the most striking facts about him, in my opinion, is that he wrote about the events of 9-11 nine months before it actually happened. He continues to write books and frequently updates on events on his blog. In his latest post, he mentions two verses that give me extreme comfort for these days:
* Daniel 2:21 — “It is He [the God of heaven]…who removes kings and establishes kings.”
* Job 42:2 — “I know that You [the God of Israel] can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”
Rosenberg continues “It is the Lord God who will ultimately decide who will lead the American nation through turbulent times ahead. He also decides who will lead Israel, Iran, Iraq, and all the other nations of the epicenter and the world. His will cannot be thwarted. Let us, therefore, pray that His will would be done. Let us also pray that we are faithful in blessing Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, as He has commanded us in the Scriptures.”
Not only is Joel big on Israel, but Jesus is big on Israel. It’s not talked about it enough, but God’s story greatly revolves around Jesus and revolves around Israel. Chosen kings, international conflicts, enemies turned friends, economical struggles, warheads…not happen-stance. It all has a purpose and that purpose is the establishment of God’s kingdom and the ultimate fullfillment of His glory. There’s a lot to be said on the “issue” and much has been said, if you’ve paid attention.
If you’re in for a good watch or a crash course, click over to this link. It’s a preview of the documentary called EPICENTER. You’ll find it fascinating, so after watching the preview, I recommend getting hold of the DVD. (If you know me, I can lend you a copy, but I suggest buying it ’cause it’s a great resource and tool).
The Story is unfolding. We’re all apart of it, but it’s not about us. We wonder how it’s affecting us or will affect us. We wonder when. We need to take our eyes off ourselves and take a look around. Dismiss our preconceived notions. Neglect our biases… I think I’m writing to myself ’cause I know I need to have more of a global view. I need more Jesus. I know here will help me.