Advent: He Rules the World


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From Joy to the World, a traditional Christmas carol written by famous hymn writer Isaac Watts in the 18th century. Here’s a great version.

 He rules the world with truth and grace

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness

And wonders of His love

It has certainly been a tumultuous political season, one which has left people I know on both sides of the spectrum feeling saddened and uncertain, whether their candidate won or not. There has been a lot of fear-based thinking, and it’s led a lot of people to say questionable and hurtful things.

I think one of the things at the core of this is that we all want to dwell in safety. We all desire peace. And we all have different ideas about how that might happen.

As Christians, our responsibility in this whole mess is to remember that there is only One who has the right idea about how that might happen. The perfect idea. There is only one real solution for the nations raging all around.

If we don’t believe in His sovereignty, we stand on the shaky ground of our own sufficiency, and if history teaches us anything, it’s that not one person’s sufficiency ever saved them. So, if He is sovereign, and if we cannot control all that is around us, our comfort lies in trusting that He is wiser, kinder, more righteous, and more loving than we could ever be.

In our eyes, it often seems that His purposes are strange, even unfair. But Scripture teaches that time and time again He makes nations and people prove His righteousness and His love to a dying world. He will bring glory to Himself, even if it’s not in the way that makes sense to us.

Take heart that while Satan still roams this earth, looking to destroy and devour, He has ultimately lost already to a God who rules, and will continue to rule, with truth and grace.

“He shall judge between nations,

            and shall decide disputes for many peoples;

 and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,

            and their spears into pruning hooks;

 nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

            neither shall they learn war anymore.

  O house of Jacob,

            Come, let us walk

            In the light of the Lord.” (Is. 2:4-5)


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