Pulling it all together. Common themes seem to somehow run once again through these very different times in the history of God’s story.
Pride, destruction, regret. Humility, provision, gratitude.
David struggling through grief and still attends to his kingly duties — God is faithful in strengthening him.
Tyre’s fall predicted, and people astounded — came to pass because God is true and all that is right.
Israel regrets their negligence of following God — He will hear their cry, always true to His promises.
Paul wisely decides not to boast and God still gives him a “thorn” to keep Him humble — God knows what is best.
Basic truth, God is in control, and we have no place to take that from Him. Psalm 74:16, 17 say, “The day is yours, and yours also is the night; you established the sun and moon. It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.”
God is all powerful. How can I do anything but worship and submit?
God is sovereign. How can I doubt His plan?
God is mighty. Why do I struggle against His commands?
The really good news – God is forgiving and faithful. Even when I reject, and ignore, and doubt, and rebel, He remains the same.
Now I need to learn from Paul. In praying through II Corinthians 12:
Lord, Help me see that your grace is sufficient, that my weakness only highlights your power. Help me boast in my weaknesses that your power might rest on me. Let me delight in weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties. Let me see that when I am weak, then I am strong in You. ~Amen