Maybe God is laughing at the USA right now
Published 12:31 pm Thursday, February 25, 2016
Does God laugh? Yes, He does.
In the Old Testament book of Psalms, chapter 2, verse 4, we read, “He who sits in the heavens laughs, the LORD scoffs at them.”
What does God laugh at? The previous verses in Psalm 2 tell us that, “the nations [are] in an uproar,” and the people are “devising a vain thing” (v. 1). Verse two continues, “The kings of the earth… and the rulers…take counsel together against the LORD and His Anointed [Jesus Christ].” Verse three tells us why God would laugh. Leaders on earth try to tear away God’s restraints and cast away His protection.
Almighty God is Creator, He is provider, He is protector, and He is Redeemer. And regardless of what it might look like, He is in charge!
God’s creation is like music. There is structure. There is rhythm. There is melody. When you play music, you get in the “groove”; you go with the music. The result is beautiful and pleasing. If you do not follow the rules of music, you have dissonance and chaos. It would be hard to characterize the political, social, and economic situation in the USA as anything but dissonance.
There are two forces in the world. The term “force” has been popularized in recent Hollywood productions. The forces are good and evil, but it is more than a force; it is actually two beings in conflict. Those two beings are Almighty God and Satan (i.e. the devil). These beings are by no means equal. Almighty God created Satan and gives him certain latitude to disrupt God’s creation. Satan is kind of like God’s tester. God put a system in place, declared the rules, stated the pros and cons of following Him or not. It is all quite clear in the Holy Scriptures. Satan works continually to entice us (i.e. people) to reject God and follow our own way. Satan has had some success in this since the Garden of Eden. Satan has his limits and he will soon be set aside by God so God’s ultimate kingdom can emerge.
In the meantime, Satan is having a heyday.
What can we do? First, humble ourselves, repent, and recognize we do not have the answers; we need help. Second, simply ask God for help. In the New Testament epistle of James, chapter one, verse five, God implores, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives [wisdom] to all generously and without reproach….”
If we would seek the LORD and His wisdom, we would have direction for our affairs. If we did things God’s way, He would smile rather than laugh.
Dan Puckett works with road team operations at Life Action Ministries in Buchanan, Michigan.