Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
Psalm 2: 1-3, 9
For when one man sinned, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. So it has always been, whether one person or entire nations and/or their rulers. The whole of human history has been a story of obedience or rebellion to God’s rule in their lives. Over and over we are given stories of good kings and rebellious kings in the Old Testament. They believed God and obeyed and lived and prospered or they rebelled and died. Nothing has changed, we still have nations and rulers today.
Every king or ruler of any nation should consider the entire 38th chapter of Job to see if he measures up to its standard of rule and power:
“Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
Tell me, if you know all this.
Finding themselves far short they should throw themselves on God’s mercies and ask for wisdom and humility to rule with the authority given to them by Him.
If any king uses his power to enjoy the oppression of his people, grasping for power of life or death; then like Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, Napoleon, Genghis Khan and countless others, “Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”
And after that comes judgement.
What is the desire of a king? What does he desire to hear? He will live a life and give himself two choices in the end: “Well done, good and faithful servant,” or, “Depart from me, I never knew you.”?
In either scenario all kings and nations will bow to the True King.
“The King’s under the law, for it’s the law makes him a king…For this is what it means to be a king: to be first in every desperate attack and last in every desperate retreat, and when there’s hunger in the land (as must be now and then in bad years) to wear finer clothes and laugh louder over a scantier meal than any man in your land.”
–The Chronicles of Narnia, The Horse and His Boy, by C. S. Lewis
Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter now into your Master’s rest.