“I am God and always will be. No one can escape from my power; no one can change what I do”.
Isa 43:13 GNB
Much of the time we are not conscious of God or his power. We have to get on with our jobs and earn a living – and a grubby business it can be at times. Then the happenings in the world tend to lead us to despair rather than hope and faith – the killings by terrorists, the despicable accounts of theft and corruption by politicians, the crime, the drug trade, the rapacious crookery in the corporate world, and the wars and arms trade. How bad can it get?
It must have seemed just as godless and as hopeless to the ancient Israelites in their Babylonian captivity half a millennium before Christ. Cut off from all that was familiar, their homes destroyed, their city razed to the ground, their temple a heap of ruins and their future in the hands of their captors, life was about as bad as it gets. Faith seemed futile, their world a mess, and their present a barren desert. But God came to them in that hell-hole and reminded them that he was God – and would continue to be. His power was still mighty and not all the military power of the proud empires could rival his hold over his people, and indeed over the whole world.
It is a message for us today. The presidents of this country and that nation meet and decide to do something or not to. Behind and beyond it all is the Lord God omnipotent who reigns. And the lamb who takes away the sin of the world is on the throne.
Majesty, worship his majesty.