Today's devotion from Ezekiel 30 & 31. Assyria and Egypt are two kingdoms remembered for their power and strength. Both were juggernauts at various points in history. Both were world players and influenced the course of humanity. Both were strong militarily and culturally. And both were completely devastated according to God's decreed judgment.
With all their soldiers and weapons, with all their tactics and strategies, with all their worldly education and cultic practices, they each were confident of their ability to conquer, command, and control. Yet, not even these two world powers could stand against God. There was no place of refuge to which they could flee His authority. There was not sanctuary into which they could scurry from Him. His rule is absolute, and His Word is accomplished.
This is the power of our God.
If you stand in opposition to Him, this realization would cause you to cower and tremble with fear. However, Scripture is clear: He has not given His children a spirit of fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 declares, "For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment." (2 Timothy 1:7, CSB) And Paul assures us, "You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” (Romans 8:15, CSB)
We needn't fear our God terrible power. Instead, find comfort in the embrace of One who loves you so fiercely and can guard you so perfectly. Not even two of the greatest military powers in history could stand against Him. What could possible overwhelm our God to rip us from His loving arms?
Today, find rest and strength in Him. Feel comforted in His protection. Your enemies are already broken.