Psalm 145 (ESV): I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. [The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.] The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
As we find ourselves approaching a time that seems out of control and downright insane, it is easy to lose sight of what really matters in this world…in this life. With people being forced to stay in their homes under threat of fines and imprisonment if they deliberately disobey it is so easy to feel forsaken and depressed. But we have a God that is so far above us channeling the decisions of our politicians, governors, and president where HE pleases, and we can trust that where God is moving that it is for the best even if we are blind to it currently.
So in all of this, we must stand fast in our faith and in our hope, trusting HIM wholly not because it is the easiest thing to do, but because we must remain faithful even when it is most difficult for us. If we look historically at the early church and in the Bible, when things looked the most hopeless, that is when God was moving things around in some of the most wondrous ways, IE: the walls of Jericho, the Red Sea, the Philistines and Goliath, the crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, and the persecution of the early church at the hands of the Roman Empire. In the midst of all of this chaos here in the world, we can have joy, knowing that God is doing something even though it may be invisible to our eyes currently.
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But I feel like there is more I should talk about in regards to God’s acting sovereignly in the world. I will not write off the idea, that all of these things happening might be God judging certain things here in the world. Typically when God acts in wondrous ways it may be good for the people of God ultimately, but judgment for those against God. With the walls of Jericho… what about the people within the walls? With the Red Sea, what about the people of Egypt? With the Philistines and Goliath? The death, burial, resurrection, and ascension… it means condemnation on those that don’t place their faith in Him.
So now, we find ourselves at an impasse. If all of these things will ultimately be for the good of God’s people (Romans 8:28), what will this be for those who reject God? This is where our place as the body of Christ comes in, let us fulfill our duty here in the world and preach God’s goodness, majesty, His Son, and the gospel message to those around us. Because ultimately even if the worst happens, we will go to Heaven because we have faith… but those people without faith in Christ need to hear the Gospel message proclaimed to them all the more.
This is not a time for the Church to cower in the dark, it is time for the church to open their mouths and proclaim the gospel message, and use our giftings to assist those in need. Share the message of God and if people continue to reject… then at least the burden will be off of our consciences and we will trust in God’s just judgments when the time comes.