“Give them this charge for their masters: ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me. Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, my servant, and I have given him also the beasts of the field to serve him. All the nations shall serve him and his son and his grandson, until the time of his own land comes. Then many nations and great kings shall make him their slave.”‘” Jeremiah 27:4-7
“Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.” Psalm 119:90-91
Prophet under God, envoys under kings, nations under Nebuchadnezzar… all serve the LORD of hosts. From soldier to animal, sun to storm to pandemic, passions to famines, all things are God’s servants. Like chess pieces on a board, created for His sovereign purposes and existing in His appointed time and place, all are moved and moving according to His will. (Acts 17:26-28)
When we consider all that goes on around us, in our communities and in the nations, do we fret and fear, or trust the One whose writing of history is served by these events? As we observe tumult in the heavens and seas and on earth, do we quake with anxiety, or humble ourselves in wonder at the Lord over all created things? When life-wasting disease or mental illness encroaches on a loved one, or violence rocks a city, or dreams die painful deaths, will we languish in despair, or look to the Master who is present in every storm, has the ability to calm us in the midst, and brings us securely to the other side? (Job 38:4-14,25-37; Psalm 8:1,3-5; Mark 4:37-39)
And what are we doing deliberately to serve God’s purposes in His church, in our areas of influence? When do we take regular time to search His word and listen for instruction? Where am I exhibiting His love? How am I employing hands of service, feet carrying good news, a voice of truth to convict, encourage, or console? What personal areas do I need to surrender as the Lord’s, not my own, here to serve His purposes and priorities over selfish desires? (Psalm 32:8; Romans 10:14-15; 1 Corinthians 14:3; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:11-15; 6:15)
“A charge to keep I have,
A God to glorify,
A never-dying soul to save,
And fit it for the sky.
To serve the present age,
My calling to fulfill:
Oh, may it all my pow’rs engage
To do my Master’s will!
Arm me with jealous care,
As in Thy sight to live;
And O Thy servant, Lord, prepare
A strict account to give!” ~Charles Wesley (1762)
Worthy God, may I ever keep Your charge, that Your will be done. I acknowledge that all I am, and have, exists to serve You, and to exalt Your glory and fame. May every choice, action, word, expression, and attitude declare that You alone are Master and Lord. (Matthew 6:9-10)