Micah 1-3 Revelation 11
“Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet. And there were loud voices in heaven, saying: ‘The power to rule the world now belongs to our Lord and his Christ, and he will rule forever and ever.’” (Revelation 11:15 NCV)
The sound of the seventh trumpet was still lingering when the voices in heaven made a great declaration: God alone has power in this world. The kingdom of this world belongs to our Lord and his anointed one. He alone will rule. We may only be halfway through the Revelation, but the outcome is assured: The kingdom of this world belongs to God. He’s got some mopping up to do. He still has to evict the usurpers to the throne, but this is God’s Kingdom. He’s going to win the battle. It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when and how, but ultimately, God is in control.
We live in a world that’s becoming more dangerous for God’s people. There are so many distractions that lead us to do things that may not be the best in life. Some of those distractions may lead us to engage in sinful activities. In some areas of the world, following Christ can end up with torture, being thrown into prison, or even death. While there’s never been a time when it’s been easy to be a true follower of Christ, it seems like it’s getting harder all over the world. It would be easy to get discouraged and give up. John’s message is a strong reminder that God is in control. This is His world. We may be in for a rough ride until He takes complete control, but the kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ – and He shall reign forever and ever – Hallelujah! The amazing truth about all of this is that God invites us to join His hallelujah chorus as His children with the promise that we’ll be with Him forever. Don’t worry about the problems of this world, overcome them. Don’t be ensnared by the traps of sin, stay faithful and experience life with Him. You’ll never regret that you did.
Lord, when it seems like life overwhelms me, remind me that this is Your world – Your Kingdom. Let me face all my troubles knowing that You will reign forever. May I stay faithful and true to You through every difficulty I may face.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.