Today's encouragement comes from Jeremiah 49:38a, where we read these words:
"I [the Lord] will set My throne in Elam . . . "
What a strange place for God to "set [His] throne”—Elam, an ancient pagan power east of Babylon. This is a good reminder of the fact that nothing is out-side of the Lord's sovereignty: He is king everywhere—in heaven, and on earth. No devil, no sinners, no evil can overthrow the Lord; and God remains on His throne at all times, in every situation.
Having said that, it is true that there is a "positive" reign of Christ (in His church), and a "negative" reign of Christ (in His judgment of wickedness). The same Sovereign is in control—it is just that in one case God grants forgive-ness and imputed righteousness (from Christ), and in the other case He exer-cises His prerogative as a Just Judge (in condemnation).
[Puritan quote of the day: "Praise God for every smile, and rejoice in the least.” —William Bridge, in "A Lifting Up for the Downcast"]