Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from 46-48. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.
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I do not know if you are guilty of this as much as I am, but I believe at some level we all try to be in control as much as we can. I do not ride roller coasters because I feel like I am not in control of what is about to happen to me. I do not like to ride in a car unless I am the one driving; if we wreck, at least it was my fault. I struggle with control issues to a certain degree.
During our reading today, I was reminded that I have no real level of control taking place in life. The one in control is God himself. God is creator and sustainer. God is the one who organized the stars in the sky. God is the one who set in motion the weather patterns. God is the one who established the laws of physics and nature. God is the one who makes nations prosper and struggle.
While Egypt, Philistia, and Moab each had their own gods, these gods were not real. They did nothing for them, no matter how much they worshiped, prayed, and sacrificed to them. Any blessings these nations received were because of the one true God. This one true God, Yahweh, used them for His purposes, and then when done with them, He reminded them of who was in control. Through Jeremiah he announced their destruction.
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Let this be a reminder to us of who is in control. We may think we are, but in reality, God is the one ordering our lives, providing our blessings, and handing out appropriate discipline.