Sunday, August 14

He rules the world

Scripture: Jeremiah 27-28, Psalm 95, Revelation 17

Jeremiah 27:5–7 “By my great strength and outstretched arm, I made the earth, and the people, and animals on the face of the earth. I give it to anyone I please. 6 So now I have placed all these lands under the authority of my servant Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. I have even given him the wild animals to serve him. 7 All nations will serve him, his son, and his grandson until the time for his own land comes, and then many nations and great kings will enslave him.”

Observation

The Lord told Jeremiah to wear a yoke and send this message to the king of Judah and the kings of the surrounding nations: God made the earth and all that is in it, and He gives it to anyone He pleases. And he’s giving it to Nebuchadnezzar. They are to accept the yoke of the king of Babylon. 

God the Creator is ruling the world. He directs not only individuals, but nations. 

The same idea is repeated in Revelation where John prophesied the fall of Babylon (Rome). 

God is ruling the world. There is mystery here.

Application

We tend to individualize the gospel, make it about ourselves. For example, “Jesus is our personal savior,” and “If you were the only person on earth, Jesus would have died for you.” Both are true, but also fall far short of the big picture. God is not just saving individuals; He is saving the world. He is ruling the nations.

We need to see the big picture, worship a big God, and pray big prayers. And we need to discern what God is up to in the world around us. In Jeremiah’s day, the people of Judah failed to do that and suffered terribly.

God is at work not just in my individual life, but in the world. He rules the world.

Prayer: Lord, there is so much mystery here that I don’t understand. But I do understand this: You are up to much bigger things than just my life and salvation. So help me discern what You are doing, and trust You more and pray bigger prayers.