A quick note:
Believe it or not, I wrote, edited and scheduled this text before Vladimir Putin made the decision to launch a full-scale invasion in Ukraine.
Call it coincidence or providence, but whatever it is, I believe this is a timely word for what is happening in the world right now.
Let’s keep praying for the Ukranian people, their military and their government, and for the safety of the Russian citizens protesting the invasion.
Pray for peace.
Now, for today’s thought:
“The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, ‘I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.’”
—Psalm 2:4-6 NIV
We don’t have to look far or for very long to see that injustice is rampant in our world.
We live in a world ruled by governments and individuals who oppress the most vulnerable and promote principles that go directly against those of the Kingdom of God.
And sometimes the problem seems so large that we are tempted to throw up our hands in despair and give up on ever seeing justice.
I think God’s perspective could help us a bit here.
Not because he approves of what these rulers and nations are doing.
No, he laughs because he knows that although they seem powerful now, their time will run out and their kingdoms will fade.
He has installed his king and established his kingdom.
Not a kingdom of this world (see John 18:36), but an eternal one which will outlast all others.
This is terrifying for some, but for those who choose to find their refuge in him, it is hope: hope that one day all wrongs will be made right.
Here is a short prayer to carry with you today:
Breathe in: Your kingdom, God,
Breathe out: Will last forever.