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No One Can Successfully Oppose the Lord

CJ Harris, Nov. 20, 2013
No One Can Successfully Oppose the Lord

Psalm 2:4

"He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision."

Now, as ever, so many people rail against God. In the media, public figures ignore or attack His moral law. In academia, teachers deny the truth of His Word. In churches, preachers and theologians dilute or abuse Scripture.  And all this just inside the western world—outside, God’s people face persecution, imprisonment, and even death.

In short, mankind wages constant warfare against God. But does this worry Him? Is He troubled by what seems like an ever-growing opposition?

On the contrary, the Lord sits on His throne in heaven and laughs at these fruitless efforts. The psalmist goes so far as to say that God derides the wicked schemers of this world. He is merely allowing the cup of His wrath to fill to the brim (Rev. 16:19).

We shouldn’t complain that God delays His judgment. His patience, after all, has given you and me time to repent from our sin and turn to Christ. We should be grateful for the time God allows mankind to attack Him, because each of us has done our share of fighting for the enemy.

But know that God will one day judge those who choose to oppose Him.

Christian, does the seeming might of the wicked burden you? Do you fear the attacks from your culture, your community, or even your church?

This song of the King calls you to lay such fears at the foot of God’s throne. Rest in His power and trust in His plan. Pray along with the hymn writer Maltbie Babcock,

This is my Father’s world.
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong
Seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.

Final Thought: Our God-omnipotent reigns, and none can overthrow Him.


CJ Harris is the managing editor for Positive Action, where he helps plan, develop, and launch Bible curricula for churches and schools. Having served as a youth pastor and Sunday School teacher, he has a passion for teaching young people about the glories of their God. A bit of a history buff, CJ received his Ph.D. in Church History in 2011, based on a study of Reformation-era missions philosophy. He and his wife—also a student and teacher of history—have two sons.

Random fact: CJ loves every board game—with the possible exception of Candyland.

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