“why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? the kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, ‘let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.’ ” [psalm 2:1-3]
why do we rage when we know the ending?
some early childhood memories stick around for a lifetime, and one of mine includes an unfortunate moment when i decided it would be a good idea to throw a temper tantrum.
i was 4 or 5ish, and didn’t want to do whatever it was my parents wanted me to do (i’m certain it involved eating celery). just a basic, childish, refusal to accept reality and submit to authority.
what i remember, vividly, is my dad’s response to it. he wasn’t angry or threatened – just somewhat amused. he laughed, and through a smile asked ‘what do you think this is going to accomplish’?
the question continues to resonate. i was plotting in vain.
even then, i already knew the answer. it would accomplish nothing other than delaying the inevitable. this wouldn’t affect his day whatsoever, but my non-compliance would hurt only me.
i wonder if this is how God responds to our rage against him: ‘what do they think they’re going to accomplish?’ rage against God accomplishes nothing but pain for those raging. but oh how the nations have always raged! egypt raged, persia raged, babylon, greece, rome, and so many others have raged in vain against the King of the universe. we all continue to rage against the truth majesty, and sovereignty of God and his Anointed.
the eternal result will be the same as mine was that day. i ended up eating all my celery, and every knee of every king of every nation that ever was shall bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord , and whatever power they had on earth will prove no comparison to the voice that spoke that earth into existence.
~ jason soroski