Q. I would like to know, does God take sides in world events?
I believe one of the first Biblical principles we must understand to answer this question is that the God who created this world is the sovereign sustainer of it. The Bible is full of examples of this truth, we will look at just a few:
2 Chronicles 20:6
“O LORD, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You.”
“For the kingdom is the LORD’S And He rules over the nations.”
2 For the LORD Most High is to be feared, A great King over all the earth.
3 He subdues peoples under us And nations under our feet.
7 For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm.
8 God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne.
Through out the Old Testament in the beautiful Psalms and the books of history we are reminded that God is a sovereign God. He didn’t create this world and then say, hands off. God was there.
And in the New Testament the same being taught
1:1 ¶ God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.
3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
God can do anything. He’s the Almighty.
We also need to understand that we have a God who sustains this world and that it was the God who ordained civil governments.
13:1 ¶ Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.
3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;
4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.
6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.
7 ¶ Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
God who created this world is sovereign ruler and sustainer of it, and God created civil governments for His purpose. The Bible indicates that through the ages this same God has indeed intervened in world affairs through governments, through kingdoms, and through rulers. This is a truth that is evident throughout the Scriptures.
13:1 ¶ Now Joshua was old and advanced in years when the LORD said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and very much of the land remains to be possessed.
2 Sam. 17:14
14 “Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel.” For the LORD had ordained to thwart the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that the LORD might bring calamity on Absalom.”
God caused that to happen.
2 Chronicles 36:22-23
22 ¶ Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia–in order to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah–the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,
23 “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all His people, may the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up!’”
God caused these things to happen.
Don’t ever forget that God is far more concerning about His kingdom than the kingdoms of men.
Read in your Bibles Daniel chapter two, when Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and there was that huge figure with a head of gold, and a chest and arms of silver, and a belly of brass, the legs of iron and the feet or iron and clay, and that rock that was not cut by any man came rolling out and rolled over it all. Daniel interpreted that dream . That kingdom was going to be the church. It would surpass the Roman kingdom, it would surpass the Persians and the Meads, it would surpass the Greeks and Romans. That was the kingdom God was concerned about.
When Jesus stood before Pilot and was about to be executed at the trial, Pilot asked him about being a king and his kingdom, and Jesus told him,
“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”
The Apostle Paul said in Acts 17
26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,
27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’
29 “Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.
30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,
31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
God determines the “times and the boundaries” of the kingdoms of men IN ORDER THAT THEY MAY SEEK HIM!
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
Is God involved in world events today? Yes. Which one’s? I don’t know. But I can tell you with certainty that God is working His plan to accomplish His purpose. His purpose is to save souls for eternity.