On this day, 410 years ago, thirteen men rose up to destroy parliament headquarters in the United Kingdom. The group was directed by Britain’s most notorious traitor, a man who was known as Guy Fawkes. The plot failed, the life of King James I was spared, and people celebrated the deliverance for centuries to come. Today, the Guy Fawkes mask has become a symbol that has been used for centuries to depict anarchy and rebellion against authorities.
In 1982, this mask was used in the V for Vendetta comic series. Later the mask was known by the epic fail guy – the one who fails at everything. The mask has become associated with protests of all kinds, particularly those that cause dissention from authorities.
On this day, November 5, you will see many signs or memes referring to this little rhyme or this famous mask. But instead of just letting it give you a chuckle, think on this: all of us are guilty at times of following the path that was set out by the first man, Adam, and his wife, Eve. The attitude of this path was: “I don’t need anyone telling me what to do or to guide me. I can make my own decisions.” Oh, it was never said out loud! But it was certainly lived.
Many times, we get ourselves into much trouble when we try to rise above our authorities.
God uses authority in our lives. Steve Curington, the founder of RU, wrote a book entitled Umbrella Fella telling his story of how he rejected and stood against all five forms of authority (parents, preacher, teachers, employer, and government) in his life. However, when he finally allowed God to control him, he revealed how God used those same authorities to bless him in his life.
God tells us in Proverbs 21:1, “The king’s (leader’s) heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” Did you get that?? God turns the leader’s heart as HE wills! Jesus Christ was fully aware of this when Pilate was falsely accusing Him. This is why it is written in I Peter 2:23, “Who, when he [Jesus] was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.” There is only One that judgeth righteously and that is God.
This example from 410 years ago serves as a reminder to us all that God is in control, whether we like it or not. In Daniel 2:21 we find, “…he removeth kings, and setteth up kings…” God IS in control.
Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Why?? The plot failed. King James I was delivered…and six years later, the English translation of the Bible – the KJB or King James Bible – was completed.