He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless. Scarcely have they been planted, Scarcely have they been sown, Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth, But He merely blows on them, and they wither, And the storm carries them away like stubble. “To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing
Here God compared the rulers of the earth, who would’ve been seen by His people as a very real danger to weak plants. They were weak plants that God’s whirlwind blew away with no effort. Last week, we considered the rulers of earth and how they are no real threat to followers of God. Yet this text brings into focus how little energy God expended to control them. Have you ever thought about that? Nothing that God does is hard for Him. He “merely blows” on rulers, and they wither away. This is incredible.
Have you ever compared the pictures of a U.S. president when he came into office and when he left? If you haven’t, take some time and Google it. On the universal scale, running the United States for eight years is only a drop in the bucket of history. If you disagree, look over a list of presidents and see how many you know nothing about. Yet, these men are greatly aged by leading the country for eight years. It taxes them. It makes them feeble and tired. Ruling on earth takes effort. Ruling from heaven does not. God rules all the nations for all of history; He rules all the galaxies and stars beyond our small planet. And He is no more tired today than the day He started. He is always refreshed and always governing with complete control. The God who does all of this cares for you deeply and is always seeking your wellbeing.
- Why is it good to have perspective on how immense God’s works are? How does it make you feel to know that this God is “for you”?
- What does having a proper perspective on God do to your perspective on world events?
- Pray that you would rest in God, for whom all things are easy.