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“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1). This week we were again able to encourage one another with the reminder in song that “This is our Father’s world.” No matter how much the nations and people and cultures around us may rage, God remains firmly seated on His sovereign throne. In fact, that’s the very theme of Psalm 2, in which we get a special reference in scripture to God laughing in derision at his enemies: “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: ‘Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion’” (Psalm 2:4-6). It should be a comfort to us to imagine how our most vocal and angry enemies in all their rage amount to less than a toddler’s fit before the throne of Almighty God. God’s enemies are mad, because no matter what they do, His decree that makes Jesus Christ the King of Kings and Lord of Lords remains unchallenged and unchanged. What a wonderful mercy! At the same time, we remain in a world where those enemies do rage, where circumstances don’t always immediately play out in our favor, and where we are constantly faced with the temptation to give up and compromise or inappropriately try to take control for ourselves and solve what God alone can control and solve. The space in between is where we live by faith. We study the world and God’s word so that we can understand, lean into, and live by His promises. More often than not, that means trusting that doing the right thing will be blessed in the end, not because we have earned it but because God keeps His promises and His people.

In Christ,
Bill Stutzman