6/24/09

Power and Might, in His Hands

I write each month for a prophecy newsletter, and I have to admit that sometimes the news of End Times circumstances gets overwhelming. There’s war, terrorism, pestilence, economic crisis, cultural breakdown, torture, sexual trafficking, divorce, and every sort of evil everywhere in the world. When I read the Bible, I know where it’s all headed, and my hope is in God alone, but I have to admit that it is only my strong belief in the sovereignty of God that keeps me from being overcome by fear and worry.

The other day, I found myself singing an old spiritual that made the pop charts back in 1958, introduced by Laurie London and later made popular by Mahalia Jackson—"He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands." The different stanzas remind us that God has my brothers and my sisters, the sun and the rain, the moon and the stars, the wind and the clouds, the rivers and the mountains, the oceans and the seas, you and me and everybody here in His powerful hands.


In 2 Chronicles 20:6, King Jehoshaphat—leading the people of Judah at the brink of war—said, "O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you." In 1 Chronicles 29:11-12, King David also spoke of God’s unlimited power. "Yours, O Lord," David said, “is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all … you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power ... ."


God is involved in our everyday events, and we must never forget that. I love artist Rex Babin’s rendering of the miracle landing of US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River. Entitled "Miracle" (Sacramento Bee, 1-18-09), the drawing shows the passengers of the flight standing on the wings of the plane, with God’s hands reaching down to hold the plane up until help came. Pilot Sullenberger is to be praised, but we must not forget that God was there, too, just as He is with planes that do not get a hoped-for miracle. He is present in each trial, and when the time comes, walks with us in the valley of the shadow of death.


The God of Jehoshaphat and David is still on the throne. You can rest in perfect peace with your thoughts focused on Him instead of frightening circumstances (Isaiah 26:3), and it will be your joy to “speak of the glory of His kingdom, and talk of His power” (Psalm 145:11).

What is your tough circumstance today? What is the evidence that God is working? What do you do when you don’t feel like God is working?

Related posts: "Cradled in Thorns" will help you remember God's protection. For help in combating fear, see: "Hey You, Fear Not!" and "Kick Out Fear!"

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