Friday, September 11

The Lord reigns

Scripture: Daniel 3-4, Psalm 81, Revelation 17

Observation

These chapters are a reminder that God rules over the nations and His purposes will be achieved.

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon learned this. He was proud and unjust, and the Lord warned him, then humbled him, striking him with mental illness for 7 years. This man, who thought he was in charge, discovered that he wasn’t. He learned that “the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone He chooses.” (Daniel 4:25)

Daniel 4:34 “His rule is everlasting, and His kingdom is eternal.” All other nations and kingdoms are temporary. God humbled Nebuchadnezzar and showed him his true place.

In Revelation 17, the kingdoms of the world unite to fight the Lamb. V. 14 “Together they will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord of all lords and King of all kings. And his called and chosen and faithful ones will be with him.”

V. 17 “For God had put a plan into their minds, a plan that will carry out His purposes.” Who was in charge? All the earthly powers thought they were—but clearly, God was. He even put His plans in their minds! And when the battle was engaged, it was no contest. The Lamb won—the Lamb (who can’t defeat a Lamb?) was actually the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, another statement of His sovereignty over all the kings and lord of earth.

Application

So much in our world seems so out of control. The pandemic. The politics. The protests. And now, the fires and smoke. (I’m writing this from Redmond, Oregon, where I’m on a motorcycle ride, and we woke up to thick smoke, terrible visibility and hazardous air quality.)

I don’t claim to know what God is doing. But I know He is at work, even when I don’t see or understand it. He is accomplishing His purposes, and His Kingdom—where His will is done and justice reigns—will win in the end.

So there is no need to panic or fear.

“The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad.” Psalm 97:1

Prayer: Thanks for the reminder Lord. Today, I’m trusting You to accomplish Your purposes in my life and in our world, even in the midst of the chaos!