“Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name.”
– I Chronicles 29:10b-13
As I watch the inauguration preparations… part of me is growing increasingly nervous, and part of me is actually… excited? I have not spoken directly with any other Christians who are actually excited about facing a new administration, one where we could face greater strictures on our freedoms not only as citizens, but also persecutions as Christians. But reading the passage above this morning only services to remind me that, yes, God is in control. He is head over all. It is in hand hand to make great and give strength.
It is with times of trial that He tests His people, and through that we see a greater awakening of those who truly are His disciples, for in times like those, being a lukewarm fence-sitter is out of the question. You’re either dedicated, one of His, willing to stand in the fire, or… you’re not. Not to say that we do not falter – look at Peter, who denied Christ three times in the face of the turbulent unknown – yet God was still able to use that in Peter’s life, and take him forward as a powerful force in the early church.
What do the days ahead hold?
I don’t know.
But I do know that whatever those days hold… there is Someone far greater who holds the days themselves.