Who’s in Charge Anyway?
by Noah Hefley
July 11, 2020
Let’s be clear: Our God Reigns! It’s true—and I’m comfortable saying it, despite any evidence that seems to run contrary to it. Look at sacred scripture—
“Hallelujah! For Our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!” (Revelation 19:6-7).
These words were written by the Apostle John who lived in a world not all that different than ours. When John wrote these words he was a prisoner for his faith, exiled to the Isle of Patmos. Hey, you talk about being isolated and quarantined! Here’s how it happened: In those days, every Roman citizen was required to come regularly, if not yearly, and appear at the altar of dedication to Caesar, drop a pinch of incense, and say publicly, “Caesar is Lord.” John chose to practice civil disobedience and refused to say those words. Instead, he said openly and boldly, “Christ is Lord!”
John was arrested for this and, according to history, was thrown into a cistern of boiling oils as a painful death penalty—but it didn’t kill him! Some said “John refused to die” but I’ve always said—God chose for John to live! God had one more assignment for him…Since the Roman authorities couldn’t seem to kill him, they decided to exile him. That’s how he ended up on the remote Isle of Patmos. There he would live out his remaining days and, in the authorities’ minds, they would finally silence his voice and forever suppress his influence. But it didn’t work! It was here that God gave him the last book of the New Testament and the final Revelation of our Lord. I love the Revelation of Jesus found here and the story of how history will end. This is the great story that tells us how one day God will get the glory!
So John wrote these words as an old man still serving His Lord and suffering for his faith. But there is not one hint of fear, despair or defeat. There is no whisper of doubt. There is no whiff of discouragement. No undertone of questioning the outcome. And certainly there is no sense of bemoaning his own trials but, instead, we find John rejoicing over Jesus’ triumphs! His words shout at us with bold assertion and positive confidence, “Hallelujah! For Our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!” (Revelation 19:6-7).
How could he be like this? John had a fresh revelation—vision of our Lord upon His throne. The throne was not empty. God was still in charge! Furthermore, in the end God would win!
We would do well to look up too and see our Lord still on His throne! He’s in charge! Don’t be impressed by the abundance of problems around you. Instead, be impressed by the greatness and goodness of your Lord who is over you. When we catch a fresh heavenly vision and see how great our God is, we will find that our challenges don’t seem quite so big anymore. I promise you! So keep your focus on Him! Why? Simply because—Our God Reigns!
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