A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-21-19
The Plans of Mice and Men
It’s Happening: “The next conflict will look a little different- at least if the U.S. Army and Marines have anything to say about it…that statement was made loud and clear by the sinking on July 12, 2018 of the USS Racine, a 522-foot long tank landing ship, in the waters north of Hawaii. Of course, it was a planned sinking – by land forces from Japan, Australia, and helicopters and drones and a Los Angeles-class submarine from the U.S., to prove that the upgrading of forces is sufficient to counter recent military moves by China (like the creation of island bases in the South China Sea) (https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/us-army-and-marines-have-plan-take-china-and-russias-navies-88996). I didn’t list half of the forces that were involved – all this to avoid the famously quoted ‘Never get involved in a land war in Asia.’ (Miracle Max in the Princess Bride – 1987).”
Knee-Jerk Response: “I knew they had to have a plan,,”
Biblical Response: “Yeah, but is it the right one? It is the Pentagon…so it must be, right? Being on the right side (God’s side), helps, too. How do I know it is God’s side? Well, it certainly was in WWII (the Nazi’s killing of 6 million Jews in concentration camps kind of assured us of ultimate victory…you don’t want to go against God). Of course, we made a few mistakes there, too… mistakes we’ll be paying for for a long time (but that’s another topic).
We have exterminated well over 60 million innocent babies via abortion (which doesn’t bode well for us in the favor department), but atheistic Russia and China…hopefully…trumps that. In any case, whatever ‘plans’ we make, the Lord may have other plans. Besides it is not good to ‘trust in chariots and horses’ (Ps. 20:7). Sometimes “the best-laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley’ (Bobbie Burns’ poem – 1785 – meaning His plan might overrule).
“Christians? As the scripture from Proverbs says: “Man proposes, but God disposes.” (Prov. 19:21 LB). Maybe it’s time to pray.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to see and understand the long-term plans You have in light of the short-term plans we’ve made; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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