1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (NIV)
10 David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
“Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. 11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.”
Hooray! 2020 is over, and we are embarking on 2021 where problems don’t exist, and peace and unity prevail. Okay, maybe not all of that…or even any of that. I can’t say what the year will bring. Is it going to be easy or difficult for me, our church, our country? Things can so quickly go from good to bad or from peaceful to a state of widespread unrest. At least I know we have the Word of God to rely on for truths that do not change. David told us in the passage above that God is from “everlasting to everlasting,” “everything in heaven and Earth are yours,” and that God is “head over all.”
I’m so glad we have a God who is rock steady and whose Word never changes. It is so much more than that when it comes to how God and the Word help us live in and affect the world around us. In verse 12, David wrote that God had the power “to exalt and give strength to all.” That means being lifted up and empowered by God Himself. If I’m being honest, when I first read this, I saw a disconnect in my own life between this empowerment by God Himself and the fruit I am bearing. I need to be much more aware on a personal level of who God is in my life, rock steady and unchanging, or I won’t be rock steady and unchanging in my commitment to God and to Christ. If my own walk and talk is wavering—here one day and gone the next—I won’t be the positive influence I need to be for Christ to a world that seems to need Him more than ever.
For me, that’s a pretty good place to start my 2021. I’m praying, “God help me to be a consistent, loving Christian in a world that is hurting, confused and sick. Help me to consistently look to Your unchanging Word to empower and embolden me to influence those around me. Amen”
by Chet Gilmore
Photo: 3D Model of Masada