Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
Romans 16:27 (NIV)
To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ!
There are times when God’s reign over all things is obvious and pleasant. A business deal goes well. Investments make a good return. A medical test comes back with a favorable result. A child is allowed access to a great scholarship program. God is on his throne, and he has drawn the line in pleasant places (Psalm 16:6).
Then there are those times when God’s reign is neither obvious nor pleasant. His goodness and rule is dimmed by harsh realities like cancer, financial failure, war, famine, and disasters of many kinds. Is God good when my life is falling apart? Is God reigning when evil so clearly has the upper hand?
Two thousand years ago on a Friday afternoon God’s very Son hung on a cross outside of Jerusalem. The sun was darkened. Every outward indication was that the powers of darkness had overcome the light of the world. Was God not reigning in that moment? He certainly was – even in that moment. In his wisdom and might he was sacrificing himself for a greater glory and victory. Jesus’ death would bring life and salvation to all who believe in him.
We can wonder about God’s plans. We can yearn for better times when things are going poorly. But God’s wise rule and powerful wisdom never waiver. In fact we may need to be reminded: “Do you not know? Have you not heard?” Our God reigns. May we sing his praises and rejoice in his glory through Jesus Christ now and forever.