Archive for February 11, 2011

The Heart Of The King Is In The Hands Of The Lord

The Lord reigns sovereign regardless of who lives in the palace

Like many of you, I have been following events as they unfold in Egypt. Watching this process has left me very conflicted. I am very sympathetic with the protesters who want democratic reforms, but I’m also concerned about where this is all headed. Hosni Mubarak has ruled Egypt with a very autocratic hand which has surely led to the protests we are seeing on the 24-hour news channels, but he has also been a very valuable ally. It is not my task here to be a Mubarak apologist but an imperfect order is much better than no order at all.

I can only imagine what George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Madison must have been feeling when angry Parisians stormed the Bastille in 1789 eventually leading to the execution of King Louis XVI. This same King had granted ships, soldiers, and arms to the struggling American continental congress which enabled them to obtain their independence from the British crown. Surely these great men of American history wanted the same freedom for the people of France that they had fought to secure but they must also have been painfully aware of the price that such a transition would require. Freedom is never free. At some point someone, maybe many someones, will have to sacrifice their own blood to secure it.

I have no idea how the struggle in Egypt will end. I pray that it will open the door for the gospel to be proclaimed more boldly and that it will lead many to come to Jesus. I also pray that it will not end up bringing radical Muslims to power but at this point there is no way to know. What I do know, however, is what I read in the pages of God’s word. In Proverbs it states:

The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD;he turns it wherever he will.
– Proverbs 21:1

God is sovereign and will do in this situation exactly what will bring Him glory. That’s all I need to know. So I will continue to watch, and wait, and pray, but deep down I have to believe what my brother C.H. Spurgeon once said:

” I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes—

that every particle of spray that dashes against the steamboat has its orbit, as well as the sun in the heavens—

that the chaff from the hand of the winnower is steered as the stars in their courses.

The creeping of an aphid over the rosebud is as much fixed as the march of the devastating pestilence—

the fall of sere leaves from a poplar is as fully ordained as the tumbling of an avalanche.”
– C. H. Spurgeon