Monday, June 29, 2009
God will use even lies to bring about His purpose
18 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing on His right hand and His left. 19 And the LORD said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab king of Israel to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner. 20 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ The LORD said to him, ‘In what way?’ 21 So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the LORD said, ‘You shall persuade him and also prevail; go out and do so.’ 22 Therefore look! The LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these prophets of yours, and the LORD has declared disaster against you.” 23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near and struck Micaiah on the cheek, and said, “Which way did the spirit from the LORD go from me to speak to you?” 24 And Micaiah said, “Indeed you shall see on that day when you go into an inner chamber to hide!” 25 Then the king of Israel said, “Take Micaiah, and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son; 26 and say, ‘Thus says the king: “Put this fellow in prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and water of affliction, until I return in peace.”’” 27 But Micaiah said, “If you ever return in peace, the LORD has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Take heed, all you people!” (II Chronicles 18:18-27)
The Lord is God. He is the Sovereign Lord Who does whatsoever He wills, both on earth and in heaven. The Sovereign Lord will accomplish all His Holy will, and has sent, and does send a lying spirit, to speak through false prophets, to confound the intentions of the wicked.
Only recently I have heard someone say that Australia's economy is the best economy in the Western World, and this is because of our Federal Government's "Stimulus Package." Every government fiscal intervention has always resulted in run-away inflation. It is the nature of the beast. Perhaps inflation has been suppressed for the short-term, but the bottle-neck will burst forth eventually.
Covetousness is sin, and excessive consumer debt is covetousness: "Thou shalt not covet." The Bible states: "Be sure your sins will find you out." It was consumer spending on the back of consumer debt that got us into the mess of the world economic downturn. Creating national debt to give people money to spend is pure insanity. We should be saving, not recklessly spending.
Just as Ahab was surrounded by prophets who mediated a lying spirit, our Prime Minister is surrounded by Keynesian Economists, who have peddled a lie for the past 90 years. And this lie is a significant contributor to the undoing of Western Civilisation.
Just as Micaiah said, "Take head all you people."