My attention was brought to an article about a month ago in the New York Times reporting that government officials, drug companies and medical experts are considering options to combat infections that have developed resistance to current antibiotics. To speed up their efforts, the federal government could give as much as $200 million over the next five years.
I posted a rhetorical question on Facebook asking â€œCan God’s plan be stopped?â€ The answers are worth repeating here.
Revelations 13:9-10 (NIV) â€œHe who has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with a sword, with a sword he will be killed.
“This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.â€
A second response was Psalm 2:
â€œWhy do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against the Anointed One.
Let us break their chains, they say, and throw off their fetters.
The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.
Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying
I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.
I will proclaim the decrees of the Lord: He said to me, You are my Son, today I have become your Father.
Ask of me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.â€ NIV
The date of these messages or even the content is immaterial because they can apply at any time on any issue as new issues emerge on a daily basis.
What can be applied in any issue yesterday, today or tomorrow is:
â€œTHIS CALLS FOR PATIENT ENDURANCE AND FAITHFULNESS ON THE PART OF THE SAINTS.â€