He's Still on the Throne

    This world is a dangerous place for those who claim faith in Jesus Christ. It is dangerous to our physical and emotional wellbeing as we might face persecution from nearly every corner. It can be harmful to our spiritual lives as it presents temptations to our struggling hearts. We live in a foreign land among foreign people, and are tempted every day to serve foreign gods. There are so many days when we look at the evil in this world and how great human sin is against itself and against God’s creation that we begin to lose hope altogether that it can ever be fixed. 

    As a pastor and a believer, it is easy for me to look at the world and get discouraged. Christians are being killed daily for the cause of Christ, the natural world is gradually being destroyed by the very beings given charge to care for it, and world leaders are becoming even more power hungry and corrupt. Even in the church, one need not look far to see bitterness and resentment that has taken root in the hearts of believers. For individuals, there is a rise in depression and anxiety around the world. It seems hopeless because it is…at least until God gets involved. 

    Satan loves to remind us all of the evil that is going on in the world. He wants to discourage us to the point of giving up, but he will not. For every time we hear of evil in this world, if we listen closely we can hear the still small voice of the Lord reminding us of one very important thing, “I’m still on the throne.” His Holy Spirit calls to us in the midst of our despair and invites us to “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10).

    What a hopeful invitation that is! Psalm 46 in its entirety encourages us with the greatness and sovereignty of God. Though the earth gives way beneath us, though the rulers govern with evil in their hearts, though armies leave the world desolate through war, God is still on the throne. We are still his creation and this world is still his creation, and he takes care of what is his. We believe in a God who reigns over the universe! We believe in a God whose throne has been established forever (Isaiah 9:6-7). We believe in a God who is coming again to restore his creation (Revelation 21-22). Let us rejoice in the God that we serve! 

    “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 5:6-11)

 

A servant in Christ,

Pastor Ryan