June 12, 2018
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 12 June 2018
Believers often suffer injustice through no sin of their own. In the midst of such circumstances, the godly should call upon God to overcome on their behalf, trusting Him to right the wrongs. When shaken by life events, believers are not to succumb to fear, but recognize that God is a “shield” (cf. Gen 15:1). “Shield” represents the guardianship of a king in other passages of Scripture (Deut 33:29; 2 Sam 22:3; Ps 7:10), and thereby symbolizes God’s promise to sustain his people. Truly, all the victories and wealth in the world are insignificant without God’s intervention.
God is a righteous Judge who defends his people when they are afflicted. In turbulent circumstances, the believer finds comfort in the Lord’s justice. Wisdom is letting God be the Judge because his judgment is always correct (1 Cor 4:3-5). Lacking the ability to perceive oneself, others, and circumstances as God regards them means it is always best to trust the Lord’s intervention and presence. In the meantime, be vigilant to maintain your integrity (Ps 7:8) and let God be your defense (v. 10). In response to God’s resolute defense of the godly, determine to “give thanks to the Lordaccording to His righteousness” (v. 17).
Authentic spirituality is manifested in new motivations resulting from a renewed mind (Col 3:1-2). Believers are exhorted to set their minds “on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (v. 2), which means that God’s people are not to be fixated only upon the trivialities of the temporal. Believers are to be occupied – in action and thought – with those dynamics that are a prominent emphasis in eternity. With a renewed life perspective, the eternal impacts the temporal.
Second Corinthians 4:17 reveals a more specific explanation of this inner renewal of the mind. In response to life challenges, believers can be encouraged and refreshed by knowing that “momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” Hardships are relatively insignificant in comparison to the eternal glory that outweighs them. All true believers may be confident they will receive the eternal rewards of glory and honor in the new heavens and new earth. The difficulties of the present life are minor in comparison to the wonders of eternal life.
Biblical doctrine is little help until it is integrated into life. Therefore, the believer must be resolved to “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (v. 18). Be careful not to confuse what is “seen” and “not seen” for when the complete reality of salvation is received it will also involve the physical realm. The exhortation is to fixate attention upon future salvation in Christ, which results in fortitude in the midst of disappointments and hardships in the present life.
Your Missionary to Georgia's Leaders,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.