Updated: Nov 7
I know. It’s been a very difficult and trying week. Our country’s presidential election has clearly shown what divides us. I’ve been meditating on scriptures throughout the week and I’m sharing what's been speaking to me here on the blog. And I surmised, God really is holding everything in His hands.
I've found such comfort when praying, using these names of God that I have been meditating on:
God of all creation
Ancient of Days
Majestic God: El Elohim
Almighty: El Shaddai
Most High: El Elyon
God of Hosts: Yahweh Tzevoat
These scriptures below have spoken to my anxious heart this week. My hope and prayer is that they calm yours, as they have mine.
6 The Lord merely spoke,
and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
and all the stars were born.
7 He assigned the sea its boundaries
and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
8 Let the whole world fear the Lord,
and let everyone stand in awe of him.
9 For when he spoke, the world began!
It appeared at his command.
10 The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations
and thwarts all their schemes.
11 But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever;
his intentions can never be shaken.
12 What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord,
whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.
“But the Lord is in his holy Temple. Let all the earth be silent before him.”
2 Chronicles 20:12
“For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
23 So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
24 The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.
25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
“The way of the righteous is like morning light that gets brighter and brighter till it is full day.”
Symbolism about walking, the way or paths, is common in Scripture. The general idea is that evil creates a dark, jagged road which causes people to be lost, or to fall. Truth and godliness are compared to bright, straight, safe roads. As stated here, following godly wisdom is like walking on a road lit by light of dawn, brighter and brighter until it bursts into full day.
This is especially appropriate, since Jesus, the sinless Son of God, is defined as "the true light" (John 1:9). He called Himself "the light of the world," and said, "Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12). The apostle Paul addressed the believers at Ephesus as "light in the Lord" and exhorted them to "walk as children of light" (Ephesians 5:8). The apostle John wrote that "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:5). He added, "If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). As believers walk in the light, others see our good works and glorify our heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16).
King Solomon urges his son to choose the positive path of wisdom and avoid the negative ways of wickedness. Those caught in evil are portrayed as overcome, addicted, and desperate. Solomon concludes this section by comparing the path of the righteous to bright light and the way of the wicked to deep darkness.
1 Kings 3
9 Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. 14 So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
So friends, I pray that you let the peace of God minister to your hearts as you read through His Word and let the Holy Spirit grant you peace that surpasses all understanding as you walk in the light as He is the light. Shine the light. Let His light shine forth from you into this dark world and remember…
He really does hold it all in His hands.