The King of Kings and Lord of Lords
My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken. Psalm 62:1-2
When we consider the future and look at the hostility worldwide and in our communities, it is easy for us to become fearful for our safety and, in some cases, our very way of life. We look to those in authority to maintain civility and suppress violence to keep us safe. But try as they may, civil unrest, crimes, and wars seem never-ending and continue to draw ever closer to our doorstep. The Bible is replete with examples where the situation often seemed hopeless, times when people put their faith in themselves or others. However, those who put their trust in the Lord found new strength, which is available to us today.
Those beautiful words penned by King David draw from his first-hand experience. In his commentary of Psalm 62, author John Durham shares that David “has been attacked without mercy, and he asks his assailants exasperatedly just how long they plan to keep up the attack… They have made their intention abundantly clear” (p. 295). Everyone, to some degree, can identify with the pressure surrounding David. We have all felt the distress that comes with being attacked, either in a physical or mental sense. What we learn from the words shared by David is that our salvation and strength come only from the Lord.
It is easy to allow ourselves to ask God why he allows such trials to cross our path, and when God chooses not to tell us why one of two things happen. We will either reinforce our faith in Him or weaken it with anxiety or fear. Some will even question if God cares or if He is still there. Reverend Billy Graham once said during one of his many worldwide crusades, that our faith should not be placed in our leaders or even in ourselves or our money. Instead, our faith should be in the One and only person in whom we can fully trust and One who will never let us down. That person is Jesus Christ!
Looking back on years past, I can point to three specific devastating life-altering events. In each case, I asked God why; why He allowed that event to happen. That is the same question we see the prophet Habakkuk asking God as he witnesses violence and destruction in Judah. He asked, “How long, Lord, have I called for help, And You do not hear? I cry out to You, ‘Violence!’ Yet You do not save. Why do You make me see disaster, And make me look at destitution?” (Hab. 1:1-3). In the end, Habakkuk learns that God will deal with evil, and He will one day rescue His people. It speaks to Jesus’s redeeming work on the cross that rescued His people from sin’s bondage and the Lord’s second coming. He will establish His throne on earth and ultimately cast Satan and his followers into the lake of fire, a time when evil shall be no more.
Habakkuk realized that he must remain firm in His faith and trust that God’s plan will unfold in His perfect timing, in His perfect way, and according to His perfect will. Looking back on my life, I can now see how those three events caused my life’s course to shift, all of which have brought me to where I am today. If any of those events never happened, who knows where I would be today? I could have ended up being a career firefighter, a lifelong sailor, unmarried without family, or worse; I could have long since been dead. I know that when we spend time looking back saying “what if…” when we know it cannot change, we miss out on looking ahead to say, “what if…” when the possibilities are endless. Faith is the key!
Therefore, in these uncertain times in which we live, take hold of your faith in Jesus Christ and cling to it tightly. Be assured in the innermost recesses of your heart that God has a perfect plan in motion, one that is for the greater good of those who love and trust Him. God said, “For I know the plans that I have for you, plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11). When we recall the number of times in life when we relied on ourselves and our plans failed, what a joy it is to know that God has a perfect plan in place for each of us, and all we need to do is trust Him by faith and be obedient to His calling. Yes, it’s that simple!
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