I was surprised when a friend of mine said that he constantly reminded himself that "God reigns."
Not in this world.
In this world the poor suffer, money talks, and power wins.
God comes last.
Jesus prayed "'Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.'" Matthew 6:10 (NRSV)
So Jesus did not think that God reigned on earth.
Perhaps my friend meant that God reigns in the universe - overall.
But we cannot control everything with our thoughts.
""What is impossible for mortals is possible for God.'" Luke 18:27 (NRSV)
"The Lord helps me.....he who vindicates me is near, Who will contend with me?" Isaiah 50:7,8 (NRSV)
If God is with you there is nothing evil can do to win.
But God does not use force or violence.
"'Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of hosts.'" Zechariah 4:6b (NRSV)
God is full of surprises.
He is unpredictable.
He is uncontrollable.
Blessed be the Lord God.
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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