In our reading today, we see the unmatched wisdom, power and glory of God. In Psalm 74, Asaph approaches God and pleads with him to show his power and glory. Asaph asks God to rise up against his enemies, not only as an act of empathy and compassion towards his people, but also for his own glory.
In Acts 12-13 we see that no human on earth is more powerful than God. God has a plan for all of us, and in Peter’s case, prison, chains and guards were no match for God. He is the only righteous judge and his work will continue.
Our Old Testament reading shows us examples of God’s wisdom. The people of Israel saw God’s wisdom in the decision of the judge. God had a plan for Solomon, and that plan was for God’s glory, not Solomon’s.
Sometimes it feels as though God is absent in my life and I forget God’s power, authority and plan for me. What seem to be unanswered prayers and difficult situations can lead us to believe that God isn’t as strong or wise as described in today’s reading.
I can empathize with Psalm 74. The honesty and reality of despair through this chapter shows that God is no stranger to our pain. I used to think I had to be perfect in front of God. In prayer I would just praise and thank God for all he has done for me. That’s great, but I was afraid to talk to God about my short comings, failures, fears or frustrations.
I could not have been more wrong.
Today’s reading shows us that we live in a broken world and that God has a plan for us. He will use us as he used Peter and Solomon, for their benefit and his glory. God is more powerful than we could ever comprehend. He will work in his timing – which may not match up with our own. He is working all things out for good. He is the only righteous judge, and he blesses those who love and follow him.
My encouragement for you is to remember that God is not afraid of the hard parts in your life. You can go to him with all your joy, pain and disappointment. God is all powerful and his wisdom has no bounds.
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