“The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice” ( Psalm 97: 1-2)
Our verse today may seem to be stretched for someone going through the valley. But yet it is for that very fact that the Lord reigns. For if the Lord ceases to reign, then who is! The Lord reigns not just in good circumstances, but in all situations. The faith of believers is not hinged on good moments, alone, but even in the midst of hopelessness, we look up to the Almighty to make sense out of meaninglessness.
In Psalm 23:4, King David wrote, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” What King David is saying is that even in the midst of the darkest of the depths, the Lord never deserts us. He is there. This is why Psalm 91:1-2, says, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
In the old kingdoms whenever a king would die, the throne, now vacant, there would be terror and a feeling of emptiness throughout the nation. The kingdom was now paralyzed for there was no one reigning on the throne. In fact, a certain succession battle would quickly follow to fill the vacuum. Calmness only returned after a new King was seated on the throne.
But that is not the way with us believers. The throne of the Almighty is never empty. The Lord reigns in good and bad circumstances.
And because He reigns, there is hope to triumph over any circumstances.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, because you reign, I know there is hope through all circumstances and and I can rejoice, for you are with me, always, no matter the situation, this I pray in Jesus’ name.
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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” – ( Joshua 1:9).
Moses has been described by some as the reluctant leader. When the angel of the Lord appeared to him and he was given the task to finally lead the Israelis out of bondage in Egypt, he protested. “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” ( Exodus 3: 11). Knowing how the script played out we can be kind to him and say that his reluctance was based on a premonition how difficult the job that awaited him would turn out.
Once he set out, as a leader, it was constantly dragging a restless people, quick to find him at fault, and frustrate his job. When once he delayed up on the mountain, while seeking the face of God, the crowd was quick to throw him out. “When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, "Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him” ( Exodus 32:1).
Aware of the challenges he faced, when the time came for Moses to pass on the baton to his successor, Joshua, he knew that that most important gift he could pass on to him was encouragement. “Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” ( Exodus 31:7-8).
It has been said that it is lonely being at the top. When God gives us leaders, let us never hesitate to remember them in our prayers, especially where theirs is a special job of leading a restless people on to higher knowledge and experience of God.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I remember all the leaders you have chosen to lead your people to a deeper knowledge of you, that you refresh them with your abundant Holy spirit to be encouraged and remain steadfast, this I pray in Jesus’ name!