In this last post of my reflections on the death of Malawi’s former President, His Excellency, the Late Professor Bingu wa Mutharika, I simply want to encourage us all to trust the Lord and accept His sovereign providence. I would like to do this by taking us to my first post which I entitled, “In the Year That King Uzziah Died, I Saw the Lord…” While we may not understand such tragic events as the death of a President or the death of a King, one thing is true, the LORD is still on the Throne. He remains sovereign over all things and is working all things towards His good and glorious purposes.
We cannot question His wisdom and purposes. We are simply to yield to His providence and pray as the Lord Jesus Christ taught us, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). God has a plan for the bereaved family and for Malawi as a nation. The LORD does all things well and He makes all things beautiful in His time. “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5). May the LORD comfort the bereaved family and bless the nation of Malawi with His love, mercy and grace during this time.
Even through the sins of his people or his enemies, the LORD can and He does plot all things for His glory. This is true at a personal level; it is true at a family level and it is certainly true at a national level as well. God is always at work even in the worst of times. When we think that He is farthest from us; when we think that He has turned against us, we must always remind ourselves of the solid-rock truth that he is at the same time laying a foundation of greater joy and happiness in our lives.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense
But trust Him for His grace.
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
Therefore, as we continue to mourn the death of our beloved President, let us remember the following:
God Remains Sovereign: The Almighty God reigns in all the affairs of men. Individuals, families and nations are all under His sovereign rule (Daniel 2:21; Daniel 4:35). He does whatsoever He pleases. He gives rain and He takes brings draught. He gives life and he takes life. He says, “I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things” (Isaiah 45:7). Our times our in His hands (Psalm 31:15)! All things, small and great are under His sovereign rule. His providence is mysterious. We will not always understand what He does. But we can take confidence in the fact that He is a good God, He knows all things and He does all things well.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).
“The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21).