It seems that there is something growing from the depths of our hearts, as we see the tragedies and horrors that fill up news headlines. We watch as newscasters tally up the deaths in real time, we watch as sons and daughters are killed. Death, it seems, is not on holiday. And Fear, she grows in our hearts like a weed that is choking our joy. But Fear has no right to our hearts.
“Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
When we follow Christ, we become sons and daughters of God.
“…God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
Sons and daughters of the God of the universe. Let that sink in.
Even when the leaderships of the nations do things that strike fear into the hearts of their people, we can be at peace that we are citizens of a greater nation. We can rest assured that even when Solomon, one of the wisest kings who lived turned from God, God still kept His promise to His people and made sure that they remained.
“In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the Lord his God…”
“And even so, I will not take away the entire kingdom; I will let (Solomon’s son) be king of one tribe, for the sake of my servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, my chosen city.”
And we see God dealing with the heart of a corrupted king and keeping his plan for his people all in one swipe. We can know that God is in control, and that His hand is on our world, and that He will see his kids through any obstacle, no matter how grim things can seem. His love is everlasting and steadfast.
As David, Solomon’s father, puts it many times in Psalm 136, His steadfast love endures forever.
- Isaiah 41:10
- Galations 4: 4-5
- 1 Kings 11
- Psalm 136