Is Thy Counselor Perished?
“Now why doth thou cry aloud? Is there no king in thee? Is thy counselor perished?” (Micah 4:9)
“One God and Father of all, who is ABOVE all, and THROUGH all, and IN you all”. (Ephesians 4:6)
Paul declared that “We must through much tribulation (pressure) enter into the kingdom of God,” (Acts 14:22). There is no cause to view this negatively, for it is this very pressure which shall press us into God, as His life becomes a REALITY WITHIN.
Our present situation
One translation for Luke 21:25 gives, “Crowding pressure of nations with no way out.” Another translation states, “Upon the earth distress (trouble and anguish) of nations in bewilderment and perplexity, (that is, without resources, left wanting, embarrassed, in doubt, not knowing which way to turn)…”
This pretty well describes our present situation. Mentally we are drained and exhausted, financially we are spent, without resources, while spiritually we are in such doubt and unbelief as to be morally bankrupt. We are rapidly being brought to the end of human ability and strength that we might turn to the Lord.
The King’s Domain
In the midst of all this, God is bringing forth a spiritual remnant who POSSESS THE KING, and they are becoming ‘HIS KINGDOM COME”. The King, and His domain, are within (Luke 17:21). There is arising today a people that know their God, they affirm His sovereignty that He alone is GOD and there be no other gods. It is His being KING WITHIN which has required a continual surrender until every part of our being has come under His rule.
We begin with our surrender of things to the Lord, our family, our finances, and our own life – every phase of surrender is essential, sometimes painful, sometimes offered with joy and singing, but eventually we come to the place where everything is committed into His hand. It is a realm beyond surrender where our committal leads to an abiding peace and rest.
Peace That Surpasses All Understanding
We trust Him with all that we have, and all that we are, knowing He doeth all things well. Our committal merges into a complete trust which in turn brings ‘a peace that surpasses all understanding’. The King is within, and all is well!