Can We Make Room for the Sovereignty of God?

In Monday’s edition of Israel Today online it reported a demonstration that took part in Israel last Saturday attended by a crowd of 20,000 or so of demonstrators who it seems genuinely believe that Israel is facing mortal danger under Prime Minister Netanyahu. The writer of the article, who attended the demonstration, ended his article by saying; “For the life of me, I couldn’t understand how some Israelis could cheer for people who want to do away with the Jewish state. But, this couple verified my suspicion that his opponents genuinely see Netanyahu as a worse threat to Israel than Israel’s actual enemies. As such, I think Netanyahu’s position might not be as secure as his supporters would like to imagine. Powerful forces are now working behind the scenes to bring Netanyahu down at any cost.”

Some years ago now the late Derek Prince, a man of God who knew and taught the Bible said; “God does what He wants, when He wants and in the way He wants and asks no man’s permission.” He went on to say; “Can we make room for the sovereignty of God?” While God does not override the free will of man He still has everything under His control and this includes leaders of nations. Daniel the prophet wrote; “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.” (Daniel 2:20-22)

Whether people like it or not within the providence of God He has appointed Benjamin Netanyahu to the top job in Israel. Those who seek to oppose this man at the political level are in fact opposing God. (Romans 13:1-2) If Prime Minister Netanyahu was deliberately seeking to destroy God’s people or to do them an injustice, then the LORD would remove him from office. I am sure that Prime Minister Netanyahu knows that he needs wisdom to govern wisely and that it can be found in the Bible. There is clear evidence that he is conscious of God’s providence even though he may or may not believe in the Lord Jesus for salvation and as the Messiah as yet. Only God knows his heart in this matter.

If Prime Minister Netanyahu seeks God’s wisdom sincerely and with the light he has then God will increase his wisdom and knowledge to govern. If he does not seek the LORD’s wisdom and guidance then sooner or later God will remove him. God reveals the deep and secret things to those who seek His wisdom to govern. I am sure that Prime Minister Netanyahu knows that he needs wisdom to govern in the political and international turmoil facing the nation of Israel. Because God dwells in purest light and knows the depths of what lies in the darkness He, being the eternal Triune God, knows everything and plans things in accordance with His foreknowledge while working into the fabric of his perfect and divine tapestry the free will of man.

Once God raises up any man to an important office He expects that man to seek wisdom and counsel from Him. As far as Israel is concerned Satan is trying to destroy God’s people and he is a past master of “sewing discord among brethren” even within the Body of the Messiah, the faithful Assembly (Church). Satan has his servants in politics in Israel who are self-interested and self-seeking and seem to be causing division when the nation should stand together against a common enemy. As the Lord Jesus said; “A House divided against itself cannot stand.”

No one can doubt that Prime Minister Netanyahu over his time in office as the nation’s leader has had to make some very tough decisions and to keep some order and balance in the whole potentially explosive powder keg of Middle Eastern politics. There are moves to remove him from office and while we see men seeking to do this we must always keep God’s sovereignty in mind that; “He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings.” As it is also written; “Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the purpose of the LORD will prevail.” (Proverbs 19:21) Can we make room for the sovereignty of God?