“I have been established from everlasting, from the beginning, before there was ever an earth.” -Prov 8:23
From the context of proverbs 8, we know that this is wisdom speaking.
Wisdom, and the way of righteousness, is not relative to circumstances or opinion (both new and old). Wisdom was determined before the earth or man even existed.
This is an incredibly humbling thought. As I read this verse this morning, I couldn’t help but think about some of the societal issues and “controversies” that face us today. The gender issue, abortion and euthanasia to name just a few hot topics.
These debates aren’t debates on whether these issues are right or wrong because
the God who created the earth has already established wisdom, the way of righteousness- right and wrong. Prior to our interest in the topic of abortion, He has already declared His thoughts on the matter. The morality of these issues is not dependant on the consensus of the people. Any amount of people can agree to do wrong. But, it is still just that.
Often, we think our opinions hold a great weight of glory and importance. They don’t. We can debate a topic all we want, but in the end we will learn that it was already determined. One can sway another person, but he cannot change the ethical diagnosis (or prognosis) of an issue from what it is, from what it always was.
This should bring us great comfort in unstable political days. We can, and should, be active in promoting biblical awareness of current issues. I hope it’s implied that we go about this awareness in a biblical manner consistent to the truth we are promoting. In the end though, when the decisions are made, they will either be right or wrong.
We can rest in this one thing- God is sovereign, and His permitting the act is not justification of the act.
Choices of society will affect everyone. It is, therefore, appropriate to grieve over the permitting of sinful laws.
We must remember though, God is sovereign. In spite of the unjust world in which we live- we can share the truth that will set them free. The truth that saves lives, instead of administering death. The truth that was established oh-so-long before we were. The truth that is foundational to righteousness itself. The truth of Jesus Christ.
At the end of proverbs 8, the very last verse, it says, “But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.”
That is a very serious prognosis, indeed.