1 min read
03 Jun

“Strike them with terror, O LORD;  let the nations know they are but men.  Selah”  

In this pearl David asks God to put the nations in their place. Certain people groups seemed to have forgotten they were mere mortals.   

And so it is today. God has given the nations a long leash. Like unruly dogs, they pull their restraints out as far as they can—and tug against them. The Master holds tight. Yet at any given moment he can yank those tethers, bringing the nations into line. 

It’s only because God is patient and long-suffering that he hasn’t already done so.  But at the appointed time he will come in judgment, striking the world with terror and reminding the nations they are but men.

God has everything under control. In the meantime, are you and I frightened when we watch the news and see the nations heading toward destruction? Are we fearful for ourselves, our children, and grandchildren? 

The believer can take courage knowing that God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.2 Shall we pray together?

Father, please give us courage to face the unknown, for you have said, “Behold I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”3 Amen.   


1 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:31-46). Psalm 46:1 Revelation 22:12-13

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