Every nation, no matter how large or how great, is under the sovereignty of God. Every leader, war, success, or failure is a part of the plan of God. What is sovereignty? Sovereignty is the total right to take authority over a geographic region or over a group of people, such as a nation or tribe. Throughout the Scriptures, we can see that God is the Creator, a truth that is under attack in our days. There is an attempt to take God out of the stage of history, as well as out of the present and the future, causing many to believe that we are in this world on our own, and we are at the mercy of fate.
Proverbs 21:30-31 tells us: “There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against the Lord. The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord.”
This scripture teaches us that human wisdom cannot compete with God’s wisdom. No man-made plan can compete with God’s plan. Even with the best army, the best commanders and the best weapons, at the end of the day, the results will be under the sovereignty of God. We can see throughout Israel’s modern history the supernatural involvement of God in all of Israel’s wars.
The leaders of this world are in the hands of God: “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord…He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1) Each one of them is a vessel in the hands of God. He is the One Who determines how they will be used. We see this in Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, and Cyrus. Even when Yeshua was standing in front of Pilate, His words to him were: “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:11).
In Psalm 2, we see leaders and nations coming against God and His anointed. These leaders are not only political leaders, but also religious leaders. They think they have the power and authority to come against God’s people and His anointed. But God laughs at their plans (v. 4).
In November 1947, Professor Eliezer Sukenik received pieces of some scrolls that were brought to him by a group of Armenian leaders who asked him to find out what they were. While he was examining them, he was listening to the radio as the United Nations was voting to make Israel a nation. While he was hearing this, he wrote on a piece of paper: “The text that I am holding in my hand will completely change men’s view of the Bible. This text is 2000 years old.”
Why was this discovery of the scrolls so important? Until that time, the oldest texts of the Bible that had been found were written around 930 A.D. Some of Israel’s enemies, including Nazi Germany, were claiming that the Tanach (Old Testament) was written by Jewish people in order to invent their own history. But the discovery of these scrolls refuted this lie and proved that the nation of Israel had both a physical and spiritual connection to the Land of Israel.
The sovereignty of God brought together this discovery and the birth of Israel at the same time. Isaiah 66:8 says, “Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Shall a nation be born at once?” Think for a moment…these scrolls were sitting in vessels inside a cave for around 2000 years, and then a Bedouin shepherd, who was looking for his goat, threw a stone into a cave and heard something break. When he entered the cave, he discovered what we now call the Dead Sea Scrolls, containing the complete Book of Isaiah. .
The way God worked in the past, and still works in Israel, reminds us that we need to believe that God is sovereign over our lives, trusting that all our circumstances are under His full authority. If you are going through sickness, financial problems, or a family situation, God wants to encourage you that He is with you, and He WILL have the last word in everything! .
---- Dani Sayag