This Is God’s World!

Posted on January 23, 2020

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By David Ettinger

Our Sovereign Creator
Never be led to believe that God is not in control of this planet He created. As the Psalm says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1).

That in His sovereign grace He permits the creatures He has created to rail and rebel against Him, does not mean He has ceded one iota of His control over our world. As such, God does what He pleases, when He pleases, and with whom He pleases. This is illustrated multiple times in the Bible, but there is one specific passage I am particularly fond of.

God’s Control of Babylon
God used the powerful Babylonian Empire (605-539 B.C.) to discipline Israel’s Southern Kingdom for its rampant sin. Though the Babylonians were ruthless and evil, God chose them as His rod of discipline (2 Chronicles 36:15-23; Habakkuk 1:5-6).

The prophet Jeremiah explains God’s absolute control over planet Earth in some of the most dramatic language found in his breathtaking book. In Chapter 51, verses 15-16, Jeremiah depicts in broad strokes a portrait of God’s dominion:

He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

God commands all, including climate. And just as the elements are subject to Him, so are nations. In Jeremiah 51, God reduces the Babylonian Empire – the most powerful people on Earth – to mere puppets on a string to be appropriated for His good pleasure.

You [Babylon] are my [God’s] war club, my weapon for battle – with you I shatter nations, with you I destroy kingdoms, with you I shatter horse and rider, with you I shatter chariot and driver, with you I shatter man and woman, with you I shatter old man and youth, with you I shatter young man and young woman, with you I shatter shepherd and flock, with you I shatter farmer and oxen, with you I shatter governors and officials (vv. 20-23).

A depiction of the ancient Babylonian Empire.

Reversal of Fortune
God exalts nations as He desires, and He humbles those same nations as He desires. Babylon, once used as God’s war club, would experience a stunning reversal of fortune:

“Before your eyes I will repay Babylon and all who live in Babylonia for all the wrong they have done in Zion,” declares the Lord. “I am against you, you destroying mountain, you who destroy the whole earth,” declares the Lord. “I will stretch out my hand against you, roll you off the cliffs, and make you a burned-out mountain. No rock will be taken from you for a cornerstone, nor any stone for a foundation, for you will be desolate forever,” declares the Lord (vv. 24-26).

God does not hold meetings with His angels to draw up strategy. God simply does. And in doing, he “declares.” There is no Senate or Parliamentary vote, no debating legislation, no approval sought. God does as He pleases, when He pleases, and with whom He pleases.

So it was with Babylon. He raised it up for His purposes. He used it for His purposes. He brought it down for His purposes, and there is nothing any force in the universe can do about it.

God Waits
As this world continues to fall further and further away from God, He waits patiently, giving humanity every opportunity to repent. Most of humanity will vent their hatred at Him in ever more graphic aspersions, but, “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them” (Psalm 2:4).

This is God’s world and He does as He pleases. And mercifully, this includes offering the shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ to atone for the sin of those who will be heed His voice. Now is the day of salvation; come now to the Sovereign of the Universe!