A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Much of the world’s attention has been on the escalating tensions in the Ukraine and what the international response will be to Russia. Wire services and news teams reporting on the crisis help us to better understand the situation but we also realize that the information we receive is never complete.
Thinking about the Ukraine and the question of control, I was reminded of an event long ago involving a great world power, the Babylonian Empire. The southern kingdom of Judah had been taken captive and carted off into Babylon. There they would remain for seventy years because of their disobedience to God. The story doesn’t end there because when the time was fulfilled, God raised up Daniel to inform the king of Babylon that his reign would only last as long as God desired it to. These are the words that Daniel shared with Nebuchadnezzar, the most powerful man on earth at that time. “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever….He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them.”
As we look at events that shape the world and our lives, let’s remember to acknowledge the absolute sovereignty of God who is directing all things in accordance with His perfect will. Then let’s remember to pray diligently for the leaders of the world, as they will have to give an account to God for how they have used the authority given to them by God. Secondly, let’s pray consistently for our brothers and sisters in Christ as they strive to live out their faith under such circumstances.
May we always remember who is in control!