Psalm 11:4 (KJV) 4The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
The LORD’s present in our lives. He is here, but He is also the Sovereign ruler of all. He’s enthroned in our hearts, and in the heavens. He knows all things, even the innermost secrets of our hearts. No one is beyond His knowledge and His reach. He is still very much involved in our affairs. He never leaves or forsakes us. In fact, His hands of invitation are continually extended to us—beckoning, welcoming. We are His temple—His home. He’s closer to us than He can ever be and we can ever know.
He knows our prayers and cries—even those as soft as a whisper. He is that intimate with us. He literally knows more about us than we know ourselves. Why not? He loves us tremendously and He is an all-knowing God. He is also infinitely powerful. Although He’s very intimate with us, He is not limited to our small realm of existence. He rules; He reigns, and He will do so forever—glorified, lifted high.
We need Him close; not everyone sticks around. Others easily ditch us at the first sign of discomfort. It’s good to know that Someone sticks around even when the whole world turns against us. Some people aren’t settled with just leaving; they don’t get satisfied until we’re down, hurt, or destroyed. They accumulate weapons and ammunition to attack us when we’re most vulnerable. We’re not troubled. The LORD is our more than efficient Protector. He is our impenetrable shield. No weapon formed against us will ever get through Him and to us—to those who are His—to those who are upright. In the presence of our enemies, we still enjoy very restful nights and very joyful days.
Luke 22:70 (KJV) 70 Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.
The ruling council interrogating Jesus had already made up their minds. It didn’t matter what Jesus could have said and done; they were determined to put Him down – to kill Him. They were just waiting for a viable excuse to justify their intentions and actions. Of all their efforts, nothing has worked so far – until this question. Should Jesus stay silent knowing that the truth will lead to unimaginable pain?Jesus didn’t cower; He gave His unwavering answer: He is the Son of God.
To proclaim the truth that Jesus is the Son of God is to mean hatred and rejection from the world. The world doesn’t like Him; it doesn’t like His teachings; His teachings show so much of righteousness, sin, and judgment. No, the world wants to do whatever it wants to do – good or evil without being seen as bad and without regard for possible consequences. It wants to dictate and define what’s good and what’s bad – in ways that will cater to its wild and wicked lifestyle. The world is a majority. To stand for Jesus is sure rejection, shame, embarrassment, and even pain. But this is a no-brainer; it isn’t a matter of struggle or negotiation for true followers. Our Master declared the truth, He suffered much; we as followers ought to declare Him as He is, and suffer much if need be. Just remember: His interrogation, suffering and death wasn’t the end of His story; He rose again and now reigns. After our steadfast stand for the truth that He is the Son of God, after all the sufferings we will experience, we too will reign with Him.
Dear God, thank You for this glorious experience of knowing You – the only true God, and Jesus – the only begotten Son of God. Please give us the boldness and the courage to proclaim Him without compromise or fear of the possible painful consequences. After all, what awaits us is in exchange is worth gloriously and immeasurably more.