our sovereign Lord
By Stephanie Wong
November 17, 2020
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It has always been difficult for me to read through the Old Testament because of the blatant sin we see from God’s people as well as the wrath of God. God’s anger was destructive and violent, righteously so. However, as I have been studying the Old Testament more, I see God’s deliverance and redemption for his people over and over again. In Ezekiel 35:1-36-38, there is a roller coaster of emotions, from the ancient hatred of Edom to God’s redeeming grace saving his people. The Lord is referred to as the “Sovereign Lord” multiple times in these scriptures and even though God had to show his wrath by making Edom “desolate,” it needed to be done. It’s like a parent teaching their child a lesson. There’s no joy for our Father to see us in pain, but we must learn from our own mistakes, and our ancestors and leader’s mistakes.
One of my favorite chapters of the Bible is James 1. The verses could not come at a better time, especially during this pandemic, where trials and tribulations run rampant. From those all over the world experiencing food insecurities, unemployment, and loved ones dying, James 1:1-18 reminds us that we should consider it pure joy when we face trials because the testing of our faith develops perseverance. Perseverance leads to maturity and maturity leads to wisdom in the Lord. I’m learning the more I cry out and all upon our Lord, and follow His word, He will show me His almighty sovereignty. In all things I’m asking the Lord, “What do you want me to learn from this? How can I serve your kingdom better through my trials and tribulations?”
The words describing God’s redeeming grace in Ezekiel are ones that bring hope. I imagine a bright light coming in and overpowering the darkness, and everything feels bearable again! I hope we can stay in the light, and be the light!
He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruit of all He created.
— James 1:18
Prayer to start with :Lord, you are a just and faithful God. Remind me to call upon you and cry out to I when we feel unworthy and full of sin. You are here to deliver and redeem me.