God is in Charge
God is in charge. Leaders may boast and swagger. Scientists may fret and worry. Sociologists may point to the end of civilisation as we know it. But the fact remains: God is in charge.
It is not that Christians should be careless about the big issues affecting our planet, it is simply that we are not of this world. We are pilgrims passing through, looking for a city whose builder and maker is God.
‘My Kingdom is Not Of This World’
Modern-day Britain is far from a spiritual place. It is not popular to stand for Christ and for righteousness. Believers are in a tiny minority. But so what? Sometimes it seems as though we have lost sight of the fact that God is not in the rent-a-crowd business!
This world is all about prestige and confidence based on numbers, but the Bible will have none of it. “We will not fear, though the earth give way, and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,” declares Psalm 46. And every believer would do well to lean on its confidence.
“My kingdom is not of this world,” Jesus told Pilate, before going on to amaze the governor even more. “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above,” declares the man on his way to the cross of Calvary.
The message is clear: our lives are in God’s hands. He has determined the times set for us and the exact places where we should live. Even if the world should fall apart we need have no fear, because the Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress.
The Lord Almighty is With Us
And there is a river whose streams make glad the city of God. Jerusalem is one of the few capital cities of the world not built on a river. But what she lacks in natural resources is more than compensated for by spiritual strength – God is within her, she will not fall. And so it should be in the life of every believer: streams of living water can flow from within. Even though entire nations might be in uproar, every believer has a secret source of strength. The Lord Almighty is with us.
It is easy to read about Israel’s exploits in the Old Testament and forget that she has only ever been a tiny nation, insignificant in the affairs of this world. Even at her height, when Solomon was king with his thousand wives and concubines, it was still just a tiny nation at the far end of the Mediterranean. The Lord certainly didn’t choose the Israelites because they were more numerous than other peoples – in fact the Bible declares that they were the fewest. Instead, we read that God loved them, and was determined to honour Abraham.
And so to us today. Let’s tap into that hidden source of power from God. Let’s renew our confidence in the Almighty. Whatever the situation in the world around us, God will help us at break of day.
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