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“Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants.””

(Psalm 119:89-91 ESV)

     In a world that is constantly changing, and that the world would tell us is out of control, it is comforting to know that God is still in control of our world, and beyond, and that it will stand fast until He determines otherwise. Though there are numerous things in our lives that are constantly changing, (as resistant as we are to change) God remains the same, and His Word is forever firmly fixed not just here on earth, but in the heavens.
     The one who created the world and all that is in it does not stand back, uninvolved in what continues to take place here on earth, but as Paul writes in his letter to the church in Colossae, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17
     The world seems to thrive on fear, panic, anxiety, and isn’t happy unless everyone is as afraid, panic stricken, and anxious as they are. We can take great comfort in the knowledge that God is still sovereign over all things; that nothing surprises Him, nor forces Him to change His plans. And while we are still awaiting His return to earth to call out those who remain who believe in Him, that will happen in His time, and not according to our expectations or desires.
     That last sentence in the passage above caught my attention when I read it recently. “By your appointment they stand to this day, for all things are your servants.” Let’s break that down a bit. “By your appointment they stand to this day…” He is the one who appointed the earth, the creation of it and the sustaining of it. It’s not left to chance or to any other dynamic out of His control. He is sovereign over all things, and that includes the earth.
     The second part of the sentence reminds us of His relationship to the world, and really, to the universe, “for all things are your servants.” When you think of the relationship of a servant to his master, his job is to respond to the word of the master, and to do what he is asked to do. God’s authority is such that when He speaks, things automatically respond. When He said, “let there be light,” it came into existence out of nothing. Genesis 1:24 reads: “And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.’ And it was so.”
     My hope for you is that you take a step back from the shouting of the world and the influence that they try to impose on us, and to reflect on the Scriptures that remind us that God is still God, and that as God, He is still in control. We can trust Him confidently, even while we know that we are unable to trust people or institutions, or leaders with that same level of trust. “His faithfulness endures to all generations…” That includes our present generation. He is faithful, and we can count on that.

By His Grace Alone,

Pastor Bruce Jacobsen




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