About a year ago in my post, God and the American Way, as America entered the 2012 presidential political season I used the biblical Book of Daniel as an object lesson of what becomes of political leaders who put themselves and their kingdoms above God and His plan.
Nebuchadnezzar, the prototypical beast of that prophecy, one whom believed in Daniel’s God became the object lesson of what becomes of kings and kingdoms who don’t fall in line with El Shaddai’s plan. The all sufficient One tears things down and makes all things new time and again. The only surprise is that we never learn from it. Beasts like him are coming soon, as they always do in times of turmoil.
Now that we have gotten through the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention is right around the corner, the word I would like for you to remember is not nearly so frightening or dire. The watchword now will be: Meaningless.
Think about this for a moment. Meaningless. It sounds almost like something an anarchist would say to describe the state of politics in the world today, especially in the west. Or perhaps what one who sees themselves as disenfranchised from any power, political or otherwise, would say about what we in America have become to the world. It is a word loaded with meaning.
Three thousand years ago Solomon, considered the wisest of all kings on earth, used the word “meaningless” to describe the state of affairs in his world at that time. The more I think of it, the more I agree it is a word that perfectly describes the state of mankind’s affairs, apart from God, in any era, particularly now.
The world is a place which is spiraling into something that no one will recognize in a generation from now. It has already spiraled from something that we don’t recognize from a mere several decades ago. Think about it. 43 years ago, Astronaut Neil Armstrong landed on the moon and became the first to walk on a planetary body other than earth. This is not likely to ever happen again. Two generations or more of Americans have been born and most couldn’t tell you who Neil Armstrong is or what he accomplished.
Solomon used the word “meaningless” to describe the futile attempts of man to govern his affairs apart from the
God Who created him. He used it describe the advancement of man’s interests, his avarice, his striving for wealth, human wisdom, pleasures, youth, and vigor.
Sound hopeless to you? May it never be so! Hopeless and meaningless are not the same! Our striving for achievement and place outside of the loving care of Almighty God is what is hopeless and meaningless!
Strive for Him and the closest possible relationship with Him and victory, true victory is achievable! Remember what wise King Solomon said:
Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before: and God will call the past to account. And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment wickedness was there, in the place of justice wickedness was there. I thought in my heart, God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed. Ecclesiastes 3:15-17
I’ve written before that as one who dwells in God’s economy and not the world’s that I will dwell in His shadow. I encourage you to do likewise. If you have not declared yourself as a believer in Jesus Christ, living in God’s economy is predicated upon this: Believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead and speak it out to someone–this is the first confession–and you shall be saved.
Obama, Romney, someone else? Meaningless. Christ and Christ Alone!