Thursday, June 11, 2020
How is your study of John 3 going so far this week? Have you spent time meditating on the challenges presented yesterday? Are they accomplishing the Holy Spirit’s work in your heart?
I spent some time yesterday morning focused on the first point – We seek Jesus because He is sovereign, so we can trust Him to be in control.
John 3:31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all.
As I thought about the fact that Jesus is above all, I was confronted with the connection between my personal understanding of God’s sovereignty and the level of my trust that results in peace. The Holy Spirit directed me to a passage of Scripture that has really helped me.
Isaiah 26:3-4 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
These verses took on greater significance for me when I read them in the context of the next two verses.
Isaiah 26:5-6 For he has humbled the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust. The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy.”
We are living in a time when I believe God is working to lay low the high and mighty. That’s certainly true for every individual in their spiritual life, but it appears to also be true nationally. We struggle to stay balanced in the ever-shifting sands of human wisdom. Yet our belief in the sovereignty of God, that He is above all, will bring us stability and peace because we know He is in control.
I am not in control. Politicians are not in control. Social movements do not have the solutions to injustice. The cause of injustice is unrighteousness, and there is only One who is righteous – Jesus Christ. He is above all. When we fix our hearts and minds on Him, and trust the everlasting rock of our salvation, He promises to keep us in perfect peace.
The world wants peace without God. We must show them the peace of God that comes from peace with God. We must seek Jesus because we believe He is sovereign. We must trust Him because He is in control.