While the nations rage against the Lord, and against His anointed, our God still reigns. The nations and their rulers strive to break any bonds, any cords that hold their moral and ethical lives in check, but God still reigns.
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. (Psalm 2:1-4 ESV)
There is a persistent effort on the part of society to push away any perceived restrictions on freedom. God’s standard for marriage is declared to be discriminatory. The right to terminate the life of a living fetus, a child created by God, is funded by the public and is praised as ‘choice’. But, our God reigns.
Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. (Psalm 2:10 ESV)
The Son reigns. The nations are His heritage, and the ends of the earth are His possession (Psalm 2:8). The Father says of the Son, You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. (Psalm 2:9 ESV)
What then is our response to be when we see the nations raging against our God? We are to love them. For God loves them.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 ESV)
So we must love, as our Father loves. We must tell them of Jesus. Yes, He reigns. But He also gave His life for sinners. Each of us, who have put our faith in Him, have done so because we are sinners. And He has forgiven us for our sins. So our response to those who push hard against God must be love. We must speak the truth in love. We must introduce them to the Savior, so they come to know Him as Savior before they must bow before Him as Lord.
Our God reigns. He will bring justice. But we must love. We too push against His standards many times in our lives. Our hearts are seldom wholly given to Him. We struggle to honor Him with our finances, with our time, with our desires. We are no better than others, simply saved by His love. Let us submit to His authority in every area of our own lives, removing the log in our eyes before we address the speck in others.
So let us love with His love. Let us stand for His truth, not abrasively but with compassion. And let us follow our Savior, regardless of how society seeks to redefine morality. We are His people. Let’s live worthy of Him and love others as He loves. Our God reigns.