This world is not my home. I belong to another kingdom, the kingdom of God. A spiritual war goes on. Daniel encourages me to look up and past the turmoil around me. The Bible tells me repeatedly that God hasn’t tossed mankind onto this planet abandoned and forgotten.
“This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: ‘The Lord, the God of heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you—may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, The God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem.’ ” Ezra 1:2-3
Ezra’s story offers hope. God intervenes; He alone, holds the power to influence world leaders to act on his behalf to bring about the his kingdom. He values names and numbers. Descendants are counted and obscure names are listed. Who we are individually and as a group matters to God.
And then Jesus steps in and he reveals himself through the everyday (the quotidian– my favorite word). He meets his disciples at work. ” ‘Throw your net not the right side of the boat and you will find some.’ When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.” John 21:6 It was then that they recognized their Messiah and Savior. And then the strangest of all things happens. God the Son humbles himself and invites them to a breakfast of fish and bread. He who controls the course of history meets simple human need.
Who is this wonderful God I serve? He is the God of all: rulers, nations, individuals, the ordinary and extraordinary. No detail escapes his notice.
May his kingdom come and his will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen