Monday, January 23, 2017

Mon., 1/23/17 Devotion (Gen. 24:3a)

Today's encouragement comes from Genesis 24:3a, where we read these words:

"And I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth . . . "

I like this phrase: "The God of heaven and the God of the earth.” Let us focus on the "earth” part for a moment. Are we ever tempted to think that God rules heaven; but that the devil, or maybe sinners are in control of the earth? If we are (tempted in this way), our theology is not very good. The truth is that the True God is the supreme governor of everything: the earth, (as well as heaven).

The Lord put earth under His church’s feet; and we are His vice-regents, to rule and tend it. Still, in the most supreme sense, the Lord is "God of the earth." Let the church be thankful for this; and let us commit ourselves to serving our Christ very well while we are here.

[Puritan quote of the day: "Whoever is set up on earth, they are set up by our Lord. 'By Me,' says He, 'kings reign, and princes decree justice.’ “ —John Bunyan, in, "All Loves Excelling"]