A truth that we are so inclined to doubt is that God loves us and watches mercifully over us. It takes only a little misery, while the ungodly increase in their wealth and pleasures of the flesh and we are ready to stop praising God and talking of His marvelous works. With Rebekah we are so quick to ask, "Why am I thus?'' Or, "Why does this have to happen to me?"
We do well therefore to listen to David, who indeed had a rough life with enemies within and outside of his kingdom. In Psalm 9:3,4 he wrote, "When my enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at Thy presence. For Thou hast maintained my right and my cause; Thou satest in the throne judging right."
Take careful note of that last statement. God is ruler over all things, sitting on a throne that is over all creation and He judges righteously. Never doubt any one of these elements, no matter how miserable your life becomes, and regardless of how many and fierce your enemies become. God is never on vacation and never sleeps. He is on His throne with perfect control over every creature from Satan down to every speck of dust.
That He judges righteously means that He will not let anything happen to those whose sins His Son blotted out, that will keep them from the particular place and degree of glory He eternally planned for them and promised them. In fact, all their griefs and sorrows, miseries and enemies He will use to bring them there at the right time and in the right way.
What a comfort as we approach the days of the antichrist, when the devil will raise up his "man of sin" to abuse us, our children, and our grandchildren. Signs of this are all around us today already, both outside of and inside of the church world. But let us sing:
The Lord, the everlasting King,
Is seated on His judgment throne;
The righteous judge of all the world
Will make His perfect justice known.
Read: II Thessalonians 2
Psalter versification: #17:2
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Quote for Reflection:
… in the government of the world distinctions of rank are admitted, but in the spiritual kingdom of Christ they can have no place. – John Calvin