He Is Our God...For Today – For Every Day
By Oliver G. Wilson
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him...” (2 Chr. 16:9).
There is no date line on this comprehensive promise – so it means today. There is no geographical boundary circumscribing this pledge – therefore it means my community, your community, my nation and your nation.
God is Ruler of the universe and He is our God forever. Long not for the good old days, but seek unto the God of all days.
We need not a Moses to lead us from our confusion, but a forty-day audience with the God of Moses on some mountain, apart from our secular accomplishments.
We need not an Elijah to challenge the impiety and godlessness of our day, but a time at Cherith’s brook, fed by the hand of God, then a going forth to rebuke the violators of God’s law and the desecraters of God’s holy places.
Elisha did not walk through the land pining for Elijah. He cried, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” In the strength of the ever-abiding God, he sweetened the bitter water; he healed the poison pottage; he rebuked with a divine curse the youth who profaned the work of God.
A Fresh Unveiling of God
It is not the “good old days” that we need, but a fresh unveiling of the God of all days. Studying Matthew 28:18-20, one eminent Bible teacher wrote: “We have all the world before us, all power behind us, the all-powerful Christ with us.”
Conditions have never been ideal. The apostolate had its Judas, the early church its Ananias and Sapphira. In Acts we read: “There arose a murmuring” (6:1); and of Paul and Barnabas: “The contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder...” (15:39).
In every century of the Christian era, there have been crises, battles, assaults by the combined forces of Satan. Every age has its conflicts. Each day has its battles. Sighing for the good old days will only weaken us for this our day. Let it be remembered: There is a God in heaven and “He changeth the times and the seasons...” (Dan. 2:21).
Jesus Christ is our living present Lord; our unfailing Leader; our changeless Commander. He is ever with us. Paul mentions the failure of men, but in the same breath he shouts of the faithfulness of God. It is well to expect little from men but much from God! Raise your sights higher than man and behold God – our God forever. If He delight in us we are well able for the undertaking (Num. 13:30; 14:8-9).
– From The Wesleyan Methodist.