Wednesday, October 13 2021
Hello Sisters and Brothers,
Are we seeing a new, a different kind of "Tower of Babel"?
Is the message, "REPENT" of your misplaced trusts and cling to Me alone? Is it time to be a Pilgrim again? Is God in His Providence, (IE using secondary "natural" means), to break down and disperse our over dependence and often misplaced trust/faith in many of our modern institutions? At the tower of Babel God Himself (supernaturally) intervened to nullify CO-OPERATION amongst the builders of an non-trusting, prideful effort to build a city (civilization) and tower. A civilization built by a subtle but rebellious pride upon mans knowledge and in mans name. Gen. 11: 1-9. He broke this united CO-OPERATION by confusing their language and making it impossible for them to communicate and WORK TOGETHER.
TODAY THE BREAKDOWN OF TRUST,
in all levels and corners of our society is palatable. Doubt in the trust worthiness of government, political parties, defense and law agencies, medical, pharmaceutical, military, church and denominations, education, teachers and teachers unions, news media, communications, internet, food creators and suppliers, the entertainment industry, celebrities, common folk, groups, individuals etc,etc you name it, is being shattered almost on a daily basis.
WHY WE MAY NOT RECOGNIZE GOD'S HAND.
We may not recognize Gods hand in this, (IE the bigger picture), because it is happening by natural (or secondary) means. Theologians of the Reformation explained that God had revealed Himself as the "first cause" (WCF 5:1,2) behind our lives and our universe, (supernatural). "In the beginning God"(Ps.1:1) , but that normally "He orders (events in this world) to come about according to the nature of secondary causes"(WCF 5:2), i.e., the forces, principles, and laws, He built into nature, (natural). The "first cause" being un-observable and beyond our intellectual grasp or manipulation, the "second" being within our realm of understanding and control. So we don't always immediately associate these things with God doing a major work in our day. Yet one must be careful not to over attribute to God matters that are merely the outworking of the mechanics for which God created the universe to work in, whether good or bad.
SO WHAT MAY GOD BE DOING?
However, it is always safe to say that God's Fatherly Providence in the events of the lives of civilizations and individuals is always at work for the good of those who love Him, Rom. 8:28. And if because they have confused those natural means He has provided (the list of institutions above) and His Peoples trust has too much relied on them. He may in Fatherly care remove their blinders to show them that the trusts in their hearts have too much wandered from the care that He alone can ultimately provide. And call them to repentance in a time of exodus in the desert alone with Him.
ARE WE WILLING TO LEAVE EGYPT IN OUR HEARTS?
Is God showing us that much of our civilization is terminally infected with falsehood so that we cannot trust or co-operate with it even if we wanted to as in Babel? Has He in His Providence broken and confused the language of trust in our world? Is it time to begin to forge a new pilgrimage both individually and corporately as a people of God wherever that may take us in this country or beyond? If so we can always be sure that "...He is Rewarder of those who seek Him." Heb.11:6, because He alone is worthy of our complete TRUST.
May God Bless,