by Doy Moyer
I find it interesting that in the midst of a passage intended to provide comfort for God’s people, and in declaring God’s greatness, we find this (Isaiah 40:15, 17, 23):
“Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales…”
“All the nations are as nothing before him; they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.”
God “brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.”
No nation will stand forever. If Assyria and Babylon were but a drop from a bucket, accounted by God as less than nothing and emptiness, with princes and rulers brought to nothing, so also is the USA, Russia, China, and every other nation.
Christians, then, while seeking the welfare of the place wherein they live (wherever that may be), are not to idolize any nation or ruler, for all nations and rulers will come and go. To God, they are as nothing. They will be taken up like fine dust. Do not put your trust in earthly princes or powers.
Regardless of our earthly citizenship, which sometimes can be utilized for the benefit of the spread of the gospel, our heavenly citizenship overrides all other factors (Philippians 3:20-21). We are part of a “kingdom that shall never be destroyed” and will never be “left to another people” (Daniel 2:44).
Even so, all the nations are yet invited to partake of the tree of life for their healing (Revelation 22:2).
There is, indeed, great comfort in all of this. Have you not known? Have you not heard?