6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts… 10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:6; 10 NIV)
As I read Psalm 46 this morning the “nations are in uproar.” Syrian rebels have captured a strategic military base, people want their rights returned to them, and who knows what will unfold over the next several days or weeks. Boko Haran continues to wreak havoc on the nation of Nigeria as President Jonathan tries to figure out a way to restore peace to his nation. The Catholics and Protestants are going at it again in Northern Belfast. Greece is continuing to experience unparalleled economic hardships. Our own debt is over $16 trillion and the battle over how to reduce it is front page news each day. East African nations are dealing with famine and food shortages. In recent days there has been unrest in Northern Ireland and the Middle East is, well, the Middle East. Full of unrest and uncertainty. “The nations are in uproar!”
Throughout history there have always been problems to deal with. The nations have been in uproar long before we ever stepped foot on the planet. What are we to do? We have greater technological tools at our disposal than any preceding generation, yet the problems persist. We have greater access to education than at any time in the history of the world, yet the problems continue to plague us. We have looked to our brightest and best to bail us out, to solve the problems, but they have been unable. What are we to do?
The Psalmist offers us some wise counsel. Following his declaration that the “nations are in uproar,” the Psalmist counsels us to “Be still and know that He alone is God. He will be exalted among the nations. He will be exalted in the earth.” History has shown that God has answers to the problems that plague us if we will only turn to Him. He solved the coming famine in Egypt and the surrounding area by bringing a cast-off son of Jacob, named Joseph, to implement God’s plan to survive the coming famine. God has sturdied the failing economies of nations in times past and He can do it again. One of the best illustrations of this is Israel, rebirthed just over 60 years ago, the Israeli economy is thriving though it has no natural resources of its own. God has deposed of unjust rulers throughout history, and He is removing them from the seat of power in countries all over the world even as I type. I could go on and on sharing solutions that God has provided in times past when His people turned to Him, rather than looking to themselves, for answers. “Be still and know that He is God.” He alone is God.
My prayer today, Lord, is that we would turn to You as we continue to hear the cries of the nations in uproar. Help us Lord. Help us to step away from the clamor of the uproar and seek Your counsel.