March 13, 2022

In God We Trust

It's probably natural that the psalms use a lot of militaristic imagery when talking about victory, defeat, protection, etc. That's why this statement is both beautiful and powerful:
A king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
 Psalm 33:16
There are no doubt people for whom this language is still important. Indeed, there are nearly endless examples of nations who go to war trusting in God for victory. And yet, in the life Christ, victory was not had without defeat. Perhaps, rather than taking God's Name into way, disciples of Christ would do better to trust that, win or lose, we belong to God.

Many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.
 Mark 10:31
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Eternal God, help us to entrust the past to your mercy, the present to your love, and the future to your wisdom, in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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