Amos / chapter 3 (read the chapter)
When Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, he said that an Obama administration would be committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. If you live in America (or if you watch American news), you may have an opinion about how successful or unsuccessful he has been compared to previous administrations. My personal belief is that all presidential administrations have a lot to hide and go to great lengths to keep secret those things they don’t want publicized.
In contrast, it appears that God’s government is totally transparent. After all, the entire reason we’re in this universe-wide war at present is precisely because God does not rule His universe by saying, “Because I said so.” He allows question, investigation, even rebellion. And when His character is called into question, instead of being affronted, He provides opportunities for us to explore Him.
If you’ve read the Old Testament in any small amount, you must know this to be true: “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” (vs 7) Haven’t you found that to be the case? The Old Testament is chock full of decrees, warnings, and admonitions from God through His prophets about what will happen if people continue on their present course. He even had Noah preach about the flood for 120 years before it happened.
In God’s government, there are no “October surprises.” Nothing happens suddenly or without warning.
When I read verse 7 in this chapter today, I had to chuckle. Long before there was any such thing as radio, television, or newspapers, God has had a thriving media outlet. He has always had “White House Press Secretaries” who take His messages to the people, even when they aren’t listening.
God’s government is transparent because He has nothing to hide. He publishes advance warnings and notices about what’s ahead because He cares about us and wants what is best for us. When we’re in danger, He’ll let us know. When He’s going to act, He makes sure everyone is aware. He is not secret or hidden or distant, and He conducts all His affairs right out in the open, in plain daylight.
I wish every politician in America would take a lesson from that!