Under Gods Command

 Proverbs 8:14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power. 

What makes nations great? Since all men came from Adam and are of the same blood, why are differences among the nations so obvious and so great (Gen 3:20; Acts 17:26)?

How are some nations known for counsel, sound wisdom, understanding, and strength? Why do they have a reputation among other nations as being superior by these measures?

The answer is very simple, and it has more impact on national power and prosperity than all the factors that men can imagine combined. It is the degree of God’s wisdom in a nation. And where is that wisdom found? In the Bible, the inspired revelation from God!

Proverbs chapter eight is a long personification of wisdom as a woman. Lady Wisdom introduces herself (Pr 8:1-11), lists the blessings of wisdom (Pr 8:12-21), describes God’s use of wisdom in creating the universe (Pr 8:22-31), and concludes (Pr 8:32-36).

It is an error of interpretation to miss the context of this book and the figure of speech here and think Solomon wrote a mystical sermon about Jesus Christ. It helps to see his similar personifications of wisdom in other places (Pr 1:20-33; 3:13-20; 4:13; 9:1-12).

The context of Proverbs 8:14 is the wealth and power of nations, for Lady Wisdom continued on with clear descriptions of political prosperity and success. She described blessing of justice for kings, princes, nobles, and judges of the earth (Pr 8:15-16).

The counsel, sound wisdom, understanding, and strength here are the knowledge, prudence, freedom, liberty, inventions, advances, enlightenment, and power that some nations have and others do not have. These are intellectual, moral, and spiritual virtues.

Men have wondered for centuries at the greatness of some nations and the ignorance and poverty of others. Adam Smith (1723-1790) thought he had identified some important factors, and his book, “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations,” published in the curious year of 1776, is still considered an important thesis to this day.

However, he and all other natural men lacking spiritual understanding overlook the most influential factor for the successes and destinies of nations. The decrees and providence of Almighty God are the primary reasons for the differences in all created beings, including nations (I Chron 29:10-13; Ps 33:12; 75:6-7; Isaiah 10:5-15; 45:9-10; Jer 18:1-10; Amos 3:2; Dan 2:20-22; 4:17; 5:18-21; Rom 9:21-24; I Cor 4:7; Rev 17:17).

There are also practical reasons. When a nation rejects God’s word, He will destroy that nation (Lev 18:24-30; 22:20-26; 26:14-39; Deut 28:15-68; Ps 9:17). When a nation fears God and the Bible, He will bless (Lev 26:1-13,40-46; Deut 28:1-14; Ps 33:12-22; 89:15-18; 144:11-15). The ancient difference between Israel and Egypt is remarkable, as God protected and prospered His people, while they plundered their Egyptian oppressors!

Then Israel took the cities, moved into the furnished houses, drank from the wells, and used the vineyards of the seven nations of Canaan (Deut 6:10-12; Josh 24:11-13)! God annihilated seven nations and blessed Israel to take their place based on obedience to His words. And such profound political wisdom is not taught in any university in the world.

The United States of America developed almost overnight from a few poor settlers on a wild continent to the wisest and most powerful nation on earth for one basic reason – the word of God was preached and obeyed more than any other nation since Israel under Moses or under godly kings like David or Hezekiah.

The pagan Indians, which could not read, write, calculate, build, or imagine a wheel, could only watch the progress, unable to even comprehend the witty inventions and conventions brought by the white men to their continent. Before America, there was England, where God’s word was published, read, and obeyed widely among its people.

These two nations were miracles after the Dark Ages that had blinded and enslaved Europe for over a thousand years, for they had greater counsel in their homes and public deliberations, wisdom in their courts and schools, understanding in their government and laws, and strength in their economies and militaries than any other nation.

The sun never set on the worldwide British Empire, which was ruled from a small island of the sea with only a small population. America turned a wilderness into the most free, productive, prosperous, and peaceful nation on earth in a few decades, which could when called upon fight wars against multiple enemies on multi-fronts without fear of defeat.

But now, with both nations in full-blown decline, the reason is just as obvious – they have forsaken the God of their fathers and His word. Both nations legislate and promote wickedness from abortion to same-sex marriages, from labor unions to bankruptcy protection, from pagan holidays to excluding prayer from schools, from cesspool entertainment to Godless education, and from neutered authority to confused civil rights.

Most of the churches that remain are dead with ritual, alive with Charismatic nonsense, or compromising as fast as they can to attract the unregenerate and worldly. Both nations religiously are in the throes of the perilous times of the last days (II Tim 3:1 – 4:4). The reason the collapse has not fully occurred yet is for the righteous remnant still in them and their prayers (Gen 18:23-33; Jer 29:4-7; I Tim 2:1-2). Pray for the peace of Babylon!

Each year and each election shows further decline into the abyss of confusion, ignorance, folly, and moral depravity. Counsel, wisdom, and understanding cannot be found. Financial integrity and wealth are nearly gone. Military strength is only a fraction of what it was. Its homes and institutions are jokes compared to previous generations. The proverb before you has never had a better illustration than Israel, England, and America.

For further enlightenment from this inspired rule of political wisdom and prosperity, compare the nations of the earth in any generation. Measure their general religious practice by faithfulness to the Bible or its principles, and then quantify their overall counsel, sound wisdom, understanding, and strength. There is a lesson for you to learn.

How do Catholic nations compare to Protestant nations? How do Muslim nations compare to Christian nations, even if the Christianity is mostly in form and name? What about those nations practicing Buddhism, Hinduism, animism, ancestor worship, voodoo, and so forth? Differences in counsel, wisdom, understanding and strength are obvious.

Reader! You can personally grow in counsel, sound wisdom, understanding, and strength by taking heed to God’s word yourself (Ps 1:1-6; 19:7-11; 119:1-176). You can have the certain words of truth to give to those who ask you any question (Pr 22:17-21; I Pet 3:15). You can also build a family tree from children trained in the words of Lady Wisdom.

The Bible is God’s gift of wisdom to His children, and it is your gravest duty and most glorious privilege to read it, meditate upon it, memorize it, promote it, defend it, and obey it. It is the only light in a dark world (Ps 119:128; Is 8:20; I Tim 6:3-5; II Pet 1:19-21). It can and will make you wise, if you will read it and attend to the faithful preaching of it.

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