When God Does Not Speak

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“Many are the devices of a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord alone will stand.” And “Human plans fail as God purpose succeed are some of the philosophical and Biblical axioms vitiating the inglorious plan of man.
God is always supreme and sovereign. Supremacy and sovereignty are God’s unrelated attributes. These attributes make God His own Interpreter. He has the final say to every plan of man and the explicit interpretation to every action and inaction that has remained a mystery to humans.
Are you intimidated by the ranting of a mortal man, a man whose glory is like a flower that today is and tomorrow it withers into oblivion, then there is hope for your fainting heart. God is really in charge. He declares; “I will not leave you, I will not forsake you, so you will be bold to say the Lord is my helper. What can man do to me,” (Hebrew 13:6).
Are you a Christians? Then you are a covenant-proof ; Nothing can just happen to you. Nobody speaks and it comes to pass when God has not spoken. Thus God declares,” Look unto me and be ye saved… for beside me there is no God” (Isaiah 45:22).
However, even when human plan materialises, God is in it to fulfil a positive end for his children. Because all things work together for good for those who love God. Obviously God has the end in view. And He is always there for you. No shaking.
In 1953, precisely March 1, Josef Stalin, the then Prime Minister of United Soviet Socialist Republic, renown for his sadistic brutality and anti-semitic disposition orchestrated a plan, to kill three million Jews the convenant people of God after the second World War holocaust during which about six million Jews were killed. This proposal was due to go into effect on March 9, 1953, but it never did, for a day afte Stalin presented it, he unexpectedly dropped dead of a stroke. He laid in state for one week and was buried on the 9th of March- the date he scheduled to kill the Jews.
God is the shield and a fortress for a defenceless people who put their trust in Him. He says; I will contend with those who contend with thee, I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.
It is really a difficult thing to kick against the pricks,
Jesus told Saul at the climax of his “reprisal” attacks against Christians.
Nobody has ever kicked against the pricks and gone scot-free.
The case of Haman should further invoke a feeling of security and sure-victory for every Christian who feels threatened.
Haman, who was a confidant to king Xerxes of Persia and a Prime Minister contrived a plan to destroy Mordecai and Jews living in cities that were under Persia’s control. But it never worked out afterall.
In fact, Zeresh, Haman’s wife and his friends who lauded his evil machination against the Jews, suddenly changed their position when the table turned against Haman, even as they declared: “If Mordecai is of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou has begun to fall, thou shall not prevail against him, but shall surely fall before him” (Esther 6:13).
Little did Haman realise that his action was a gross violation of one of God’s Seven-fold promise to Abraham-our patriarch of faith. God said to Abraham “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee.” (Gen 12:3). For this violation, Haman forfeited his position and his life. If you are a Christian, you are part of the convenant of promise. In Galatians 3:29, Paul states, “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahams’s seed, and heir according to the promise.
You are therefore, insulated from the harm the enemy’s ranting portends even as God says: “Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is fashioned against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment, thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” (Isa. 54:17)
Pharaoh Amehentope learned that the Israelites could not be drowned even as Nebuchadnezzar, “the Servant of God” learned that they could not be burned. Darius learned they could not be eaten. Haman learned they could not be hanged.
Perharps God allows you to go through an unpleasant situation so your assailant will have an object lesson to learn also.
Friends, “Be still and know that I am God”, Jehovah, the unchangeable God, tells petrified and confused Israelites at the Red Sea. He still speaks same to you, just as He declares, “should you not fear me? I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it can not cross. The waves may roll but they cannot prevail, they may roar but can not cross it.” (Jer. 5:22,23).
No matter how overwhelming a problem seems to be, there is a boundary, a limit, it can not cross.
In Psalm 29:4 -5, the Psalmist writes: “The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.”
Nothing, no matter how strong and powerful (typified by the Cedar) can resist the voice of God. God told recalcitrant Zedekiah, the last King of Judah before they were carried into captivity: “With my great power and outstretehed arm, I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please. Now I will hand all your countries over to my servant Nebuchadnezzer, King of Babylon. I will make even the wild animals subject to him. All nations will serve him (Jer. 27:5-7).
But what happened to King Nebuchadnezzer “God’s Servant”, when he became so proud and made his subjects to venerate him even to idolatry. He was humiliated and for seven years was in a forest cut off from the reins of power until he acknowleged that the Most High reigneth. God can lift up a Man and still bring him down, if he deviates from God’s counsel.
Nebuchadnezzar has a warning for leaders who do not fear God; “All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples on the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him what have you done. And those who walk in pride, he is able to humble” (Dan. 4:34-37)
King Sennacherib of Assyria can explain better the vanity of human boast. His Field Commander had boasted to King Hezekiah of Judah and urged him to surrender to King Sennacherib even as he declares “Has the god of any nation ever delivered his land from the hand of the King of Assyria. How then can the Lord deliver Jerusalem from my hand?” He actually intended to ridicule the Living God.
But God, in keeping with His promise to people of Judah through Prophet Isaiah, killed one hundred and Eighty-five Thousand Men in the Assyrian camp. And the haughty King Sennacherib was killed by his two sons (see 2 Kgs Chs 18 x19).
God is the Christian’s fortress in time of threats. At the climax of the titanic struggle to reform the apostate church, the Germany-born reformer, Marthins Luther declares:
“A mighty fortress is our God
A bulwark never failing
Our Helper He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work his woe
His craft and power are great,
And armed with cruel hate
On earth is not his equal