Posted By Nan

Isaiah 51

“I, I’m the One comforting you.
    What are you afraid of—or who?
Some man or woman who’ll soon be dead?
    Some poor wretch destined for dust?
You’ve forgotten me, GOD, who made you,
    who unfurled the skies, who founded the earth.
And here you are, quaking like an aspen
    before the tantrums of a tyrant
    who thinks he can kick down the world. (The Message v12-13)

I read a comment this week that is very pertinent in this time of pandemics, misinformation and world leaders who want to cling to power no matter what. It spoke of the blurring of the line between honouring God and placing Him first and putting nationalism and national leaders ahead of God.

God is the God of all Creation. He is the God of all people. He is not the God of Europeans. He is the God of all people. It is something important to remember.

God said we shall have no other Gods beside Him (Exodus 20:3). He meant it. There is too great a tendency for people to place their leader’s above God. There is too great a tendency for leaders to place themselves above God.

It is time to stop this. True Joy lies in God alone. Joy is the reward for our love and faithfulness.

Joy comes from God’s comfort.

Joy comes from God’s provision.

Joy comes from God’s miracles.

Nothing comes from national identity or our leaders.

It is time we stood as followers of Jesus of all peoples on earth, not as followers in a particular country. We are God’s people and we speak many languages, observe many cultures and have multi coloured skin. We are of the world. We are of God’s creation.

That is a source of great Joy.


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