Your God Reigns! By Scarlett Stough

Mankind has been rejecting God's rule from the beginning. God is invisible so we can easily deceive ourselves into thinking he does not exist even though the natural world around us ought to be proof enough of the existence of the Creator.

The first couple walked and talked with God in the beautiful garden he created for them. He made himself visible to them, still they chose to believe a lie instead of believing the One who made them.

God found a man who believed him. Through this man, Abraham, God promised to bless all nations. Through Abraham's descendants, God began a nation Israel. They were to live out his laws in faith and receive the blessings of obedience showing all nations the benefits of worshipping the Almighty God, Creator and Ruler of the Universe. But this nation as all other nations rejected God as their King:

Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, and said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

1 Samuel 8:4-7 KJV

Isaiah the prophet foretold a time when God would again show himself as the Sovereign Ruler over the entire world:

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

Isaiah 52:7 KJV

This king did come, but not in the way he was expected; he came as a little child:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 9:6-7 KJV

He was rejected again:

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:3-5 KJV

But the time will come when this King will return to establish his kingdom with his loyal citizens. This is part of the Gospel message. Jesus came preaching the kingdom of heaven; Paul preached about the kingdom of God; and the Revelation of Jesus Christ promises that he is coming soon. Soon is a relative term in God's realm of eternity. Yet soon for each individual is the end of a lifetime.

Those who die in Christ are assured a place in that kingdom of peace and righteousness, free of the grief and pain and death all experience in today's world. The Bible tells the story from the beginning of man (Genesis) to the beginning of God dwelling with man (Revelation). We can read in its pages the fascinating history of this earth and many of the people who were loyal to their God as their divine King. We can read prophesies written by men from different centuries and millennia. We can know the character and nature of the God who made us and loves us. We can know how to be good citizens of his kingdom now while we live as good citizens of our countries of birth, preparing for the King’s victorious return.

No one need miss out on this opportunity to enter this kingdom. All we have to do is to accept its terms.

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Revelation 11:15-17 KJV

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