What a divided world we live in at the moment. Two Israeli elections this year have failed to produce an outright winner, and its President and leaders now have to determine how an effective government can be formed. The nation is divided.
On November the 11th the results from the Spanish elections were inconclusive, showing no party has a clear majority. The main issue troubling the Spanish at the moment is the possible breakaway of Catalonia – division of the country has become a very divisive issue.
In the UK a hung parliament has proved ineffective in managing the divisive issue of Brexit, the proposal that the UK should separate itself from Europe.
In dramatic fashion Hong Kong demonstrators continue arguing their case of wanting to keep Hong Kong separate from mainland China.
And in the USA one of the most divisive Presidents of recent times still has a polarising effect on his country.
Are any countries living comfortably with themselves and their neighbours at the moment?
The feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s image come to mind. I doubt the interpretation of the mixture of iron and clay was intended primarily to reflect the divided nature of the world when Christ returns, but it is an apt metaphor. As governments, leaders and peoples all wrestle with seemingly insoluble problems, how reassuring and heartening it is to remember that
“in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed … it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44, NKJV).