Archive for August 7th, 2017

The first thing I noticed about this passage is that the paragraphs end with a promise that God’s salvation and righteousness are eternal, and the separation of the two gives us two readings.

The first section describes a contrast: the reader is instructed to look at the earth and the skies, and is promised that although these things are finite, God’s righteousness and salvation are not. In today’s society we are constantly bombarded with messages of doom and gloom, with at least 80% of news stories being negative, and the (frankly unhelpful) notion things are only going to get worse. It is easy to become overwhelmed by all of the wrong in the world that we cannot fix – to feel that the best we can do is to settle for praying. In fact this is the most powerful thing we can do, as it directs our concerns for the world to the highest authority there is. God can turn our problems into solutions like jigsaw pieces, slotting into a picture so much bigger than that which we can see. Even after praying, it is easy to become fixated on the issue, and not on what really matters, which is the fact that despite all of this, it will fade away and be replaced by God’s eternal salvation and righteousness.

The second section is, I think, a message of encouragement. It is human nature that we worry too much about what other people think of us. I, for one, am constantly paranoid that I’ve upset someone; or that they find me annoying; or that they’re just thinking badly of me. This verse encourages us not to think this way, stating that God’s righteousness and salvation will outlast their insults. This is something I have been very convicted about over the last few months – trying not to worry about what people might think of me, because the only opinion that matters is God’s. And since it’s God’s opinion, it’s not an opinion, it’s a statement of fact!

As you go through today, here’s the encouragement you can take from today’s passage: God can and will take care of every situation you’re facing – in the big things and the small.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Father God, thank you for your promise that you are eternal. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on you today, and to remember how much you love us. Amen.

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