Sometimes the only hope we can find in the rampant chaos that thrives in our world is what today’s reading reminds us—that “kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations” and that “all the families of the nations shall worship before [God]” (ESV).
What hope do we have when nations fight nations, competing for strength and sovereignty? What hope do we have when evil people wield power for their own depraved ends? What hope do we have when the enforced laws of so many countries serve the privileged but diminish the least among us and damage our earth? What hope do we have when godlessness abounds?
We exult in this truth: In the end, on the very last day, all will worship God and acknowledge God’s sovereignty. Yes, the earth has its nations and rulers. Yes, God makes nations and kings through those who are called to bring them forth. But above all that earthly authority stands the One who created all authority and holds that authority in full.
We need not despair. We need not succumb to what we see, believing it to be the only true depiction of reality. Something bigger prevails. A royal order still holds forth and will not fail. All will bow in worship of the one true God.
My God, when my heart grows heavy with grief and restless for justice, remind me of your sovereignty and the hope that never fades. Bring your righteousness forth, I pray. Amen.
We cannot earn God’s love. Going back to the time of Abraham, God’s blessing has been based on faith. God chose Abraham for a covenant not because Abraham was perfect but because he believed God. The psalmist reminds his audience of their ancient relationship with God and expresses the hope that it will continue through future generations. In Romans, Paul reinforces the centrality of faith. Following the law was not bad, but no one should believe that following the law could earn God’s favor. Some of Jesus’ disciples share with him an experience that mystifies them. Trusting God means surrendering everything in faith.
Read Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16. What is the basis of your relationship with God? How comfortable do you feel in it?
Read Psalm 22:23-31. Where do you find hope in troubling times?
Read Romans 4:13-25. How easily do you live in God’s grace? In what areas do you find yourself “reckoning” your righteousness?
Read Mark 9:2-9. Do you ever find it difficult to believe in things you may not fully understand? What helps you to trust in God?
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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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