The LORD Thwarts the Counsel of the Wicked
"The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations." (Psalms 33:10-11)
In August of 1944, Russian soldiers invaded and conquered the kingdom of Romania. For the next 45 years Romania was ruled by communists. The communist authorities did great evil. They killed and tortured many Christians. They subverted the churches to the authority of the state. Atheism became the official philosophy of the land. The name of Jesus was greatly despised. During this time Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was imprisoned for over 14 years for proclaiming the name of Jesus. He was treated shamefully. His feet were brutally beaten. He was burned with hot irons. He, and many others, were put into small wooden boxes lined by nails on all sides and made to stand perfectly still for hours and even days. Starving rats were released into his cell. The communist authorities routinely beat Pastor Wurmbrand and all the other Christians they could find. They desperately tried to force their prisoners to name other Christians so they could torture them as well. The Christian prisoners were strictly forbidden from praying or preaching. Pastor Wurmbrand said, "We were happy preaching; they were happy beating us - so everyone was happy.." *1 The communists tried to wipe Christianity out. They failed miserably. They succeeded in murdering many Christians, but those Christians died with the name of Jesus on their lips. Those Christians entered into the eternal Kingdom of glory, but the rule of the communists in Romania was brought to an end nearly 30 years ago. *2
As outsiders it may be hard for us to imagine these atrocities. Such violence seems unfathomable. However similar atrocities are happening in our own country! For example, in May of 2013, Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first degree murder in the deaths of three infants, the involuntary manslaughter of Karnamaya Mongar, 21 felony counts of illegal late term abortions and 211 counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law. Prior to these convictions, Dr. Gosnell had been killing children in their mother's wombs for about thirty years. The devil delights in death and destruction. Darkness and deception are his domain. The Gosnell movie that came out on October 18 sheds light on a dark episode of American history. This episode of American history in which our babies are routinely killed is not over. God willing by the time the children born today reach their fortieth birthdays they will look back upon these atrocities with the same horror which we rightly have when we consider slavery. Many people want the policies of death and darkness to continue, but "the LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing. He frustrates the plans of the peoples."
As we continue to live in a land filled with unspeakable horrors, let us not lose hope. The LORD will win the day. His justice will ultimately prevail over the forces of darkness. His grace will prevail in those who trust in Jesus. As the Scripture says, "The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations." (Psalm 33:11) The enemies of Jesus can kill Christians, but they cannot kill Jesus. They can destroy, but Jesus can raise the dead. Darkness can never overpower the light. Christians, be of good cheer. The night is nearly over. The dawn is about to break. “(Jesus) says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20b).
*1. Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured for Christ. Colorado Spring: David C. Cook, 2017. Page 58
*2. For more information you may go to: https://www.persecution.com/