God is the only Ruler fit to rule.

Those declared righteous by Jesus, know and accept God’s right to rule. We know He is holy and perfect, and can do no wrong.

In Revelation 22:3 we read about the perfect future state governed in honesty and integrity by the best Rulers there can be, ‘…The Throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city and His servants will serve Him.’  Why will none of the elect, those saved by the Lord Jesus Christ, ever challenge either God or Jesus’ right to the throne?  Because we understand from Scripture, and specifically the Old Testament teaching, that no person can ever match the holiness, wisdom and omniscience of the Trinity.

#  What does the history of Scripture prove about man’s ability to rule?  

When we look carefully at the history of the judges, kings and rulers of Israel, we notice that not one of them made the grade.  From King David, the man after God’s own heart, to Hezekiah and Josiah, they all failed in some way.   The books of Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1& 2 Kings and 1& 2 Chronicles demonstrate the failure of the rulers.

#  What about the charges that God is a cosmic tyrant? 

  • There are many people who criticise God and say He is not perfect.  They can only prove that because they twist and corrupt Scripture.  If we carefully analyse the Bible, the following words are true, ‘I will proclaim the name of the Lord.  Oh, praise the greatness of our God!  He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just.  A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.’ 1
  • It is, however, very important to note that those who charge God with wrong doing will never share in God’s glory in the coming eternal age, unless they repent.  Those declared righteous by Jesus, know and accept God’s right to rule.  We know He is holy and perfect, and can do no wrong.

# What about Joseph and Daniel? 

  • Scripture attributes no wrong deeds to either of them.  There is a logical answer to it.  Both served foreign rulers in countries outside Israel.  They represented the holy God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  They were God’s ‘evangelists’ among the heathen.
  • Both of them were men of high rank, and not one of the heathen rulers could fail to notice their integrity and witness to God.
  • They were God’s ambassadors, as is written, ‘My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun.  In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord Almighty.’ 2

#  No one can challenge God’s rule.

It is mainly in the Old Testament’s history that we see nobody will ever be able to challenge God or Jesus as the rightful Rulers.  Scripture is clear about it (let’s repeat), ‘The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him.  They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.’ 3  What a privilege!

Conclusion

The Old Testament is part of God’s revelation.  It consists of almost 75% of God’s Word.  The Holy Spirit reveals wonderful lessons in it.  That is why we dare not neglect it.  ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’

References

  1. Deuteronomy 32:3-4
  2. Malachi 1:11
  3. Revelation 22:3-4
  4. 2 Timothy 3:16

Does positive thinking please God?

We are easily inspired by the success stories of people who achieved fame, money, houses, cars, Eagles soarthe most exciting spouses and wonderful kids through positive thinking, goal setting and hard work. My problem was that I am an average kind of guy. Would it work for me? The only person I know who has no favourites is God. So I consulted the Bible to find out if those things ring true with Him.

Let me reframe my question: what does a positive, overcoming lifestyle have to do with the Kingdom of God? Does God want it for me, or was it only for people who don’t believe in Jesus, are happy to make a success here, and don’t worry about life after death? Another issue that bothered me was that it seemed as if God planned hard times for us. Otherwise, why would Paul write, ‘We must go through many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God?’ 1 That hardly sounded like a life of achievement to me.

In a sense I had conditioned myself to see Christians as the world sees us: dreary people who are ready to suffer and forgo life’s pleasures. Was I right? I had to find out what the Bible, my foundation, says. When something is according to God’s will, I am convinced. What did I find?

# 1. Joseph. He had a dream from God that he would be a ruler. The dream must have sustained him during those years of slavery and imprisonment. Did the dream come out? Yes! And I’m sure he enjoyed the benefits that came with the responsibilities.

# 2. Psalm 1. Reading the very first psalm in the Bible convinced me that God does plan good things for us, ‘…his [the believer’s] delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields it fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.’  For example, despite Joseph’s trials he came out with flying colours. The principle of achievement seems Biblical. 

# 3. The Ten Minas. A parable that made an impression on me was the one of the Ten Minas. 2  The King [Jesus] went away [to the Father] to receive the kingship. He gave ten of his servants a mina each and told them to use them to the best advantage until he came back. When the king returned, he handsomely rewarded the diligent workers. One was given charge of ten cities and another of five cities. One who refused to use his God given talent was reproved. From this I understood that God has given each of His children special talents, and He expects us to develop them. I realised I could achieve more by following the advice of the Bible, and people like Zig Ziglar and Caroline Leaf make it practical. A positive attitude has a better chance to achieve success than a spirit of defeat.

I was convinced that God wants me to develop the talents He gave me. Just like Joseph there will be trials (to develop perseverance), but look at the outcome. Look at Jesus, Abraham, David, Paul and others who steadfastly kept their eyes on God, and achieved God’s purpose for their lives. If I can fix my eyes on Jesus, why can’t I succeed? So, with God’s help, I intend to justify God’s faith in me when he called me (as He calls all Christians). I cannot let Him down.

References

  1. Acts 14:22b
  2. Luke 19:11-26
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