King of the Earth

While many movie villains work very hard to take over the world, I don’t think any of them have any idea what they are doing, or what the job entails. From what I’ve seen, they all want to micro-manage, and that just takes too much effort. Of course, if they don’t, then they foment revolution and someone else just takes over. It’s hard enough to be the ruler of a single nation, like President of the United States, where people have a certain degree of autonomy. Imagine trying to micro-manage the lives of people all around the world.

A close second of course is the megalomaniacal supercomputer which actually has the power to monitor everyone’s activity, but it is also unfeeling and doesn’t really care if the people live or die. That too is a recipe for disaster as human beings tend to have a need for freedom. We will do all we can to make sure we continue to be free, even to rebel against such total authority. Even with the best of intentions, such systems are doomed to failure.

In truth, there is really nothing and no one on this earth capable of ruling the whole world. This is why some movies depict enormous space aliens or a horde of smaller ones to try to take over. And that may work for a while, but do you see the need to go outside our system to find a believable world ruler. We just know that a human being, even as great as Charlemagne or Alexander the Great just don’t have enough to make the grade. There are just too many moving parts.

So finally we turn to our text for today, announcing that God alone is sufficient for the position of King of the Earth, and rightly so, for He alone has made the world. He knows all of its moving parts, all of His subjects personally, and is able to move things in such a way as to satisfy His will. He alone has this authority.

I saw an interesting post on Facebook, to the effect through this viral fear, God has managed to remove all of the idols, sports idols, fame idols, money idols, even church and security idols. All of these things leave us but with one final direction to look, to our Creator. And He has managed to do this in a matter of days. You may say we have done these things ourselves and we can pat ourselves on the back, but it took cooperation among many different moving parts to make this happen. This week even more establishments are being told to close their business. I might be tempted to say at this point that the fear of Corona Virus 19 is king, but I know better.

Lord, help me find the balance today between fear and caution. The world is telling me today I have much to fear. And as much as that may be true, I know better. I know there is but one King, You. You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There is no higher authority than you, so to you, I make my appeal. Please protect my family and my co-workers from the fear of this virus. Please protect us from the dangers it presents, so that we may continue to serve and worship You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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