Devotions By Jan

Perspectives

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perspectivesScripture for Today:  Isaiah 40:15  “Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales.  Behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust.”

France just celebrated its annual “Journées du Patrimoine” or “Heritage Days.”  Every third weekend of September since 1984 monuments, churches, theaters, and castles are opened to the public for a reduced price or for free.  Buildings that are normally closed to the public are also opened, including banks, courts and government offices.

Since 1991 this idea has been adopted throughout Europe.  Learning the history and the accomplishments of a country gives one new found appreciation.  I have a special love for France and its people.  I often tell others that France is my adopted country.

Our verse for today gives one a perspective on the power held by any country.  For the God of the universe any nation is as a drop from a bucket.  In the history of the world, kings rise and kings fall.  Empires are made and then they are no more.  But God’s power remains unchanged.  His might exceeds any earthly power.

Sometimes I can get pretty worked up watching the news.  Anger and fear can make me forget who is really in charge.  No army or government can thwart His ultimate plan.  He is the King of kings and His control is absolute.  I find amazing comfort in that truth.

What is even more amazing is that this powerful mighty God who controls the universe takes any notice of me!  All the nations are as nothing before Him (verse 17) but I am something to Him!  He thought of me when He hung on that cross.  Unlike powerful nations that come and go, His power continues and keeps me safe in His hands.

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