Put your confidence in God
August 5, 2013
by Pastor Orval Wirkkala, Apostolic Lutheran Church, Kingston.

With another morning’s news from around the world announcing the latest terrorist attacks, one could easily become discouraged with the state of the world and its future. But, as Christians, we are told; “when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

“For we are as they who desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. We know that if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable, therefore we do not sorrow even as others which have no hope and we look for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”

In relation to the course of world events, it is good for us to be reminded of what Daniel wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit: “This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” (Daniel 4:17)

And the testimony of Nebuchadnezzar after being humbled by the Lord: “And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven; and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, ‘What doest thou?’” (Daniel 4:34-35)

“This is my Father’s World, O let me ne’er forget

“That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.

“This is my Father’s world: The battle is not done;

“Jesus who died shall be satisfied,

“And earth and heaven be one.”

– Maltbie D. Babcock 1901

God not only is over His world’s affairs, but He is keenly aware of each of our lives:

“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” (Psalm 91:2)

May we rest in the peace of knowing that we are under His care and protection in the midst of these turbulent times.

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