As the ducks and geese go by far overhead in their long migration to warmer climates for the winter, I think of a fun song, The Duck Song, that we used to sing at Bible camp. As I reflect on the words, it actually has a very deep, timely message for us today, as many of us are probably wondering what is happening to our country and world? Here are the words of the song, and I think you will see what I mean:
And the ducks go by (quack, quack, quack).
He made the birds, He made the bees, all of the flowers, and all of the trees.
Don’t you see? He made you and me.
Chorus: “And the ducks go by (quack, quack, quack).
And things go up, and things go down,
and the world goes around, and around, and around,
and God lives on!
He died for you, He died for me
He’s died to set His people free,
Don’t you see? He made you and me. (Chorus)
1,2,3,4, He’s going to open every door for you,
if you allow Him to. (Chorus)
In spite of the current political turmoil and struggling economy and wars and rumors of wars and crime and mass shootings and threats of pandemics and people calling evil good and good evil, and all the uncertainties of the world in which we live, “God lives on!” The ducks and geese overhead, unaffected by the things that concern us, continue on their annual fall migration, guided by the amazing GPS system installed in their DNA by our Creator God, remind me that God is still on the throne, carrying out His purpose for this planet and for all His creatures, including mankind. In the words of a contemporary praise chorus by Blessed Hope Chapel, “The world’s not falling apart, it is falling into place.” Like the ducks going by, the chorus reminds us that the Lord is in control regardless of what is happening in and to the world around us.
God’s Word states explicitly that “in the last days difficult times will come” (II Tim. 3:1). The passage by Paul goes on to list conditions that will exist in “the last days,” conditions that will intensify as Christ’s return draws near (cf I Tim. 4:1-5). It indicates that there will be mass corruption and a breakdown of law and traditional values, with people “always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (II Tim. 3:7).
So, while we need to continue to be “salt and light” as Christ’s ambassadors here on earth (MT. 5:13-16; II Cor. 5:20), and to “Preach the Word in season and out of season” and to always be ready to share with others about our hope (I Pet. 3:15), God will continue to carry out His plans and purposes for the earth and for mankind. Nothing will thwart His plans. In fact all that is happening is fitting into His plans. “The world is not falling apart; it is falling into place.” Psa. 76:10 tells us that even “the wrath of man shall praise Thee,” meaning that man’s rebellion and evil doesn’t change God’s plans, but works to fulfill them, for God is sovereign and immutable–He has no need to have a “Plan B”! God is still in charge. God reigns over everything. “God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne” (Psa. 47:8). “For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God” (Ro. 13:1). “…He removes kings and establishes kings” (Dan. 4:21).
We read in Isaiah: “I am the LORD, and there is no other; besides me, there is no God…It is I who made the earth and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands, and I ordained all their host…Declaring the end from the beginning…saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure…Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it’ ” (Isa. 45:5,12; 46:10,11).
So, come what may, God is still on the throne, saying, “Trust Me, I’ve got this!” “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at it swelling pride” (Psa. 46:1-3).
“What tho wars may come, with marching feet and beat of the drum, for I have Christ in my heart!
What tho the nations rage as we approach the end of the age, for I have Christ in my heart!
God is still on the throne, almighty God is He, and He cares for His own thru all eternity;
So let come what may–whatever it is, I only say that I have Christ in my heart…”
(I Have Christ in My Heart by Wendell P. Loveless)
So, when you hear and or see a flock of ducks or geese heading south, be reminded that “God lives on!”