“Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease in the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. Be still, and know that I am God; nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:8-10)
God is supreme, in control of His world, and will be victorious. One divine word destroys all our enemies. God woks in human events to destroy war, establish peace, and call all nation to worship Him and Him alone.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, in these verses from psalms, it is clear that God is making a statement, strong and clear. One divine Word from God would destroy all enemies, and yet, still He holds out hope that even these will one day profess His Holy Name and come to Him. At the time He sends Christ back to earth, He calls all to come to Him, that all nations will worship Him. I don’t know when this will be, only God knows, but I feel we are moving ever so closer to that day. It is in Christ Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If you think the Revelation was a historic battle, it’s high time for you to read your Bible.”
“I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.” (Genesis 17:6)
God’s history with a chosen family had larger purposes in view. Political history grew out of the history of God’s promises to a family. A theology of history must always keep in view God’s focus on the individual and on the larger structures of society.
“When Jabin king of Hazor heard of this, he sent word to Jobab king of Madon to the kings of Shimron, and Acshaph.” (Joshua 11:1)
God used the news of His acts of deliverance to cause Israel’s enemies to gather together against His people. Thus the task of conquest was made much simpler and quicker than having to face each army separately. God in His mysterious ways can use human political maneuvering to achieve His purposes.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“In King Hezekiah’s fourth year, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Shalmanaeser king of Assyria marched against Samaria and laid siege to it. At the end of three years the Assyrians took it. So Samaria was captured in Hezekiah’s sixth year, which was the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel. The king of Assyria deported Israel to Assyria and settled them in Halah, in Gorzan on the Habor River and in towns of the Medes. This happened because they had not obeyed the Lord their God, but had violated his covenant—-all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded. They neither listened to the command nor carried them out.” (2nd Kings 18:9-12)
Rebellion against God keeps us from experiencing the highest possible good. The promise of the covenant does not overrule the consequences of sinning. By violating God’s good way, we are making a conscious choice to walk the path leading to ruin and must turn to Him for forgiveness. When we follow the covenant stipulations, we choose life and the joys which come from serving God.