“At that time I commanded Joshua; ‘You have seen with your own eyes all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings. The Lord will do the same to all the kingdoms over there where you are going. Do not be afraid of them; the lord your God himself will fight for you.’ At that time I pleaded with the Lord: ‘O Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?” (Deuteronomy 3:21-24- God in History)
Beloved history reveals to people of faith the incomparable nature of God and relieves fears brought by historical crises. No human can do the things God does, and clearly no other god can match His power. The gods are no more than blocks of stone or wood or molten images created by human hands. The Lore has demonstrated His sovereign power by creating all things and calling a servant people for Himself.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Dear Abba, in this short story, we come to realize that no human being has ever had to capability of reproducing what You alone can do, and that all of the other gods are nothing but images of gods people have crafted out of wood or stone or molten images crafted by artisans and that have no ability to see, hear, do anything other than sit on shelves or walls. Abba, You alone are our God and we both love and honor You by our services offered at Your direction. Today, we recommit ourselves and our skills to Your honor. Today we continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those in the continuing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The bridge you burn now may be the one you later have to cross.”
“Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, ‘Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.’ When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying, ‘Our god has delivered our enemy into our hands, the one who laid waste our land and multiplied our slain.” (Judges 16:23-24 – God in History)
God’s actions in history may not be evident. Other people may claim control of history for their god (s). The long run of history show that only the one true God controls history.
“To whom then, will you compare God? What image will you compare him to? As for an idol, a craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and fashions silver chains for it. A man too poor to present such an offing selects wood that will not rot. He looks for a skilled craftsman to set up an idol that will not topple. Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.” (Isaiah 40:18-24 – God in History)
Beloved, God’s judgment on political powers points to His unique position in the world.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Just as I had determined to bring disaster upon you and showed no pity when your fathers angered me,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘so not I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid.’” (Zechariah 8:14-15 – God in History)
History reveals God’s freedom to act in response to His people and in accord with His purposes. Neither judgment nor deliverance totally characterizes God’s relation to His people and their history. Once God judged a faithless nation without pity. Then He chose to achieve His purposes by doing good for His people. Wrath is God’s temporary work so He can perform His permanent work of grace. Just as creation was a good work of God, so He wants His work in history to create a people that is good!