“Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury”
Thoughts from Amanda Cook
Behind the Scenes
Do you ever feel like when you turn on the news the nations are just raging, and the people are plotting? I know I do. I read this passage and I realize not much has changed since this psalm was written. The kings of the earth still strive against God and the people still turn from Him. I think sometimes we feel like the world is getting worse by the day, and in many ways it is. But when I read passages like this, I realize it’s always been broken, people have always been lost, and we have always been in need of a Savior.
Over and over, in our Bibles, our textbooks, our newspapers, and our social media feeds, we read about the struggle of mankind. But what I also read, between the lines of text confirming how broken we really are, is that God still sits on His throne and He is still in control. Throughout all of history, through the good and the bad, He has remained God.
Make it Real
We all love that God is love. But we often forget that He is equally just. He is righteous and true. He is, as Pastor Josh said this week, both with us and above us. And when we start to forget that God is above us, we as a people tend to fall into all sorts of unrighteousness. We begin to think that God being for us and with us means He will approve of our ways over His own. When we lose the appropriate awe we should have for God, our view of Him becomes weak, malleable, and flighty. When we start trying to fit God into our own molds, we lose the real God all together. And when we lose our view of the real God, it’s a slippery slope downhill.
We cannot forget who God is and what God is. He is the Creator of the universe, the Lord of lords, and the King of kings. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the One who was, who is, and who is to come. He is the Almighty. And although He chooses to walk beside us, He is never beneath us. We are never master over Him, and He never bends to our wills.
And truly, if we’re honest with ourselves, we would never want Him to. Because if God was not all powerful and all perfect, He would not be a God worth worshiping. He would not have the power over life and death. And He would not be something we could anchor ourselves to no matter what.
See, we may push against the absoluteness of God, firm and solid like a heavy anchor that will not budge. Sometimes, in our brokenness and selfishness, we wish God were softer, more like a soft pillow to bring comfort. But when the storms of life rage, and they always do, no one wants to throw a pillow out into the waves hoping it will somehow provide an anchor. No, when the rubber meets the road, we want the firm, solid, and immovable attributes of God to anchor us and keep us safe.
So today ask yourself, in what ways are you failing to see God as above you? What ways are you really viewing Him as below you? And how can you start to shift your eyes to see Him for who He really is, a God so far above us, yet willing to walk beside you as well?
End in Prayer
I just wanna stop and say thank You for always being beside me. I recognize that as the God of the universe, You don’t have to be. But You choose to be. The truth of that is so amazing and sometimes I fail to truly see that. Please open my eyes to Your goodness today. Open my eyes to Your righteousness and Your holiness. Help me to worship You as both the God beside me and the God over me. Thank You for being more than enough. Thank You for being my anchor.
In Jesus’ name,