Five Minute Friday: World

“Truly God will never do wrong!

    God All-Powerful will never twist what is right.

No one chose God to rule over the earth.

    No one put him in charge of the whole world.

God could decide

    to take away his spirit and breath.

If he did, all people would die together.

    And they would all turn back into dust.

(Job 34:12-15, ICB)

Only six sentences but they highlight perspective-righting, grounding truth, in the midst of a world that often seems upside down: 

  • There is a God and He always does what is right.
  • He is all-powerful and never perverts truth (How could He? He is Truth).
  • He is sovereign. No one appointed Him ruler over the earth or put Him in charge of the world. As such, no one can dethrone Him and, even when it appears that the world is out of control, God is always in control.
  • We exist because of Him. We cannot do anything without Him. Not even breathe.

Prayer: Eternal God, may the truth of who You are anchor us. In Jesus Name.

I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “World.”

Five Minute Friday: World

This week’s prompt filled my head, bringing to mind songs I learned years ago, such as, “This world is not my home,” and “This is my Father’s world.” It also brought to mind passages of scripture, for example, John 3: 16, “For God so loved the world that He give His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” And 1 John 5:4.

But the place where I settled was John 16:33, “In the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” Tribulation, you will have in the world.

These words remind me that He never promised that walking with Him will be easy. He forewarned us that we will have trials and hardships. Pain. Sorrow. Experience rejection, even be hated for His name’s sake while we inhabit this world. But He also promised that we will overcome whatever we face because He who is in us, is greater than he who is in the world.

Tribulation, yes. Victory is also certain because of Him who lives within us. As John stated, “You are of God little children.” You belong to Him and He leads us in triumph. Nothing in this world can separate us from His love.

John 15 v33

Joining Kate Motaung and a group of courageous writers for Five Minute Friday (on Saturday). The prompt is “World.” To learn more about Five Minute Friday (and perhaps join us?) click here.