October 31, 2021

Power, Not Talk

For I am the Lord! If I say it, it will happen.
Ezekiel 12:25 (NLT)
The scriptures—especially those of the Old Testament—frequently enjoin God's people to wait... particularly to wait on the Lord. Because of this command, we all too often equate faithfulness with passivity. Nowhere is this truer than in our attitude towards the part of the Lord's prayer where we say, Thy kingdom come. Because God's realm has not been fully realized among us, we wait quietly and passively for it. We read about it and listen to sermons about it. But we do nothing... except wait—not unlike a well-behaved dog, who's been commanded to stay.
This sort of passive waiting often reflects more doubt than trust. God has promised us beloved community, yet we wait for it as though there is no promise, or as if we don't believe the promise. If we truly trusted in it, we would wait for the coming of God's reign as though it were already a reality. We would let nothing worldly outshine our love for God. We would love our neighbor as ourselves. We would turn the other cheek. We would courageously seek justice and make peace. All of these things would characterize those who trust that if God has said it, it will happen.

For the kingdom of God depends not on talk but on power.
 1 Corinthians 4:20
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
When I pray, Thy kingdom come, Lord, may I then actively live as though my prayer has been answered.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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