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Daily Reading: Zechariah 8:1-23 ESV, Revelation 16:1-21 ESV, Psalm 144:1-15 ESV, Proverbs 30:29-31 ESV

Daily Verse: “And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, Lord God the Almighty, true and just are your judgments!” (Revelation 16:7 ESV)

PANTOKRATOR (3841): “Almighty, or ruler of all” (pas, “all,” krateo, “to hold, or to have strength”) is used of God only.”[1]

Ruler of all.

God’s sovereignty reigns over all creation; He alone judges the earth.  Understanding our sinful nature, God clothes us in righteousness when we believe in Jesus, giving us new life in Christ.  Sin’s punishment, death, ended with Jesus rising again, overcoming its sting.

Understanding the ever-reaching, never missing, all-encompassing power of God baffles me.  Trying to make sense of a chaotic world full of heartache and tragedy does no good.  Persevering and trusting the Lord’s promises helps us keep moving forward when the load seems too heavy to keep going.

One day, God will make all things new, eliminating the suffering of our world.  But until then, Jesus calls us to follow and obey.

Believe the Almighty.

Whether we understand all of God’s workings or not doesn’t matter as much as trusting what He says.

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22 ESV)

God will sustain us.  Each day, when we ask for our daily bread from above, God renews our spirit and spurs us forward.  Life will bring many difficulties, but with Jesus, we can overcome them.

When an unexpected wave knocks you off your feet, employ forward-thinking instead of focusing on the pain.  Ask God, “How can I overcome this?”  Think about what you can control now and re-center yourself as you wait for God’s answer, knowing He has one.

Almighty Father in heaven, the sustainer of life, adores you.  In Him, you can trust.  Wherever God guides, He provides, never does the Lord leave you alone.

Sovereign over all creation; the Almighty reigns forever.

[1] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 188) Thomas Nelson

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