Thoughts for the Day

This verse in Proverbs states that for the purpose of war,good counsel is a must.In any situation where a person is considering a battle to obtain their objectives, a multitude of wise counselors is a must. A group of wise people will be able to look at the situation from every angle and be better able to strategize. Team work and unity are vital for any large victory to be obtained.With a multitude of many counselors, the goals and purposes will not be frustrated, but will be completed because of good help. Each person who is wise will have good suggestions to add to the over-all plan to win the needed victory, especially when going to war.

The Bible records many wars throughout its pages. In fact, many of these wars document the accuracy of the Bible, as archeology has uncovered artifacts with data that verifies the records of them exactly as recorded in Holy Script. Why has God allowed wars in the earth? What is the role of soldiers and how can one reconcile taking the lives of other humans in that role? When God created the earth and put man upon it, He pronounced that it was all good until men sinned and fell from that estate. Because mankind was given a free will and they could choose to obey God or do evil, we now live in an environment where evil men and good men are at war. God hates war; however, it is necessary to maintain order in the earth and overcome those who would like to destroy good. In fact, the first war ever recorded was the war in heaven where Satan and his evil angels fought against God and his angels. We know this war was won by God through Christ.

Revelation 12:7-11:
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Some Christians have difficulty with the actions of government in the area of war, as the heart of Christianity is to love our enemies, not destroy them. How do we reconcile this as Christians? We must understand that the Bible deals with the role of government differently than that of an individual Christian. Throughout the Bible, the main role of governments was to protect its people from threatening invaders and to maintain law and order within its borders. This was done by maintaining a military force. Those who would argue against a country's military position must also ask what a nation would be like without policemen and prisons.

If we desire to see justice done and see wars end and yes, even the end of all forms of killing, violence, terror and death--we must realize that this can only come about through the kingdom of God coming to this world. God's kingdom can only come about as all men yield to God and His laws. The time is soon coming when Jesus will return to this earth. At His second coming, He will then rule with a rod of iron and the devil will be chained and his followers destroyed. Satan will no longer tempt men with evil, so there will be no more wars, murder and evil in the earth. We shall enter the Millennial Reign of Christ, when the earth shall rest from its tribulations. However, until that time, God has instructed us, as His children, to pray for His Kingdom to be manifested in our individual lives and communities. We can change the world through allowing Christ to rule in our lives and thus affect those around us with His love and grace.

Isaiah 2:4: And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

For those who refuse to allow His reign in their lives, God has set government authorities in the earth to restrain evil by enforcing the laws of the land. Granted, they are imperfect and some are even evil. However, the alternative would be that evil would overcome those that were good, if there were no laws. We can change the bad laws by allowing God to use us in our spheres of influence. We must exercise our right to vote when we have that privilege. We must do our part to pray, witness and become involved in the world to change it for the better. That is the way the kingdom of God will be established in our world, through allowing God to reign in our every day lives in the place we are planted. This is the way we can prevent other acts of terror from destroying more people in our nation and the nations of the world. May the King and His kingdom come quickly!

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