2001-05-29 - Perfect Power
Amos 4:13 For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind and declares to man what are His thoughts, He who makes dawn into darkness and treads on the high places of the earth, the Lord God of hosts is His name.
The historian Gibbon is well known for his work on the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. He was of many throughout history who has mocked the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He lived for many years in Switzerland where, with the profits from his writings he bought a considerable estate. As fate would have things this estate descended to a man who used the rents gathered from the estate to advance the very Gospel that Gibbon tried to undermine.
Voltaire is another man who actually boasted that with only one of his hands he would overthrow the Christian faith that had taken 12 apostles to establish. The printing press he established at Ferny to propagate his attack on Christianity was eventually moved to Geneva and used to print Bibles. So the very press he had employed to destroy the Bible was eventually used to print them.
There are many and have been many throughout history who have mocked and tried to overthrow the Christian faith. They labor in this task in vain. God alone is sovereign. He alone has the keys of history in His hand. Psalm 86:10 tells us, "For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God." Fighting against God is an exercise in futility. History has proved this time and time again. Gibbon and Voltaire are simply two examples of those whose efforts to discredit the Christian faith were not only thwarted by God, but also turned around to the advantage of the Gospel.
We can take a lot of comfort in these things. The world is set against us but the world does not even control its own destiny. "But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases." Psalm 115:3 Also, Proverbs 20:24 tells us, "Man's steps are ordained by the Lord..."
It is easy to become discouraged in our walk with the Lord. It is no easy thing to live the Christian life. There are many hindrances that can and often do entangle us and cause us to lose our focus. However, God's grace is stronger than the greatest distractions that we encounter. "And He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me." 2 Corinthians 12:9
Soli Deo Gloria,