“GOD IS STILL SUPREME IN 2016!”
Each year, Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, the home of The Word Today, has a theme which we continuously revisit in order to focus our spiritual growth. This year we are going to emphasize the sovereignty of God, His righteous yet loving rule over our lives. Our key verse is Psalm 146:10, “The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.”
At the onset of the book of Daniel, king Nebuchadnezzar of the Babylonian empire has a disturbing dream about a statue made of various materials (Daniel chapter 2). God gives one of the Jewish captives in Babylon taken from Jerusalem, Daniel, the interpretation of this dream. It covers approximately two thousand years and encompasses the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek and Roman empires! A rock smashes into the statue shattering it, and then grows to enormous proportions until it covers the world.
This strange visionary dream was fulfilled in the passing away of these four empires, during the fourth of which, the Roman Empire, the “rock” of our salvation, Jesus Christ appeared! His spiritual Kingdom supersedes all human realms. This is but one illustration in the Bible of our God’s supremacy!
I just recently read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, the account a Dutch family’s efforts to protect Jewish neighbors and countrymen from Hitler’s genocidal troops. It is a powerful account of how God’s Kingdom proceeds regardless of human intrigue. The Ten Boom family had a “hiding place” built into their home in Haarlem, Holland and aided up to 7 Jewish people in hiding from the Nazis. Corrie became a key person in the underground movement to prevent extermination of the Jews.
She and her sister, Betsie, were apprehended by the Nazis and were sent to Ravensbruck, the concentration camp deep in the heart of Germany. There, despite the inhumane conditions, they held clandestine Bible studies and saw many conversions. While her sister died there, Corrie was freed and recounted in this, her first book, both the evils of ungodliness and the glory of God’s indwelling in the Christian’s heart despite outward circumstance. I strongly recommend you take the time for this beautiful story about the Kingdom of Christ.