Devotion for Sunday, July 16, 2023

“Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems” (Revelation 12:3).

Throughout history and in many cultures (and religions) the dragon is seen as a great adversary.  It is a symbol of great power.  A great power shall arise to contend against God.  Are we not living in a time where there is more worldly power than ever before?  We have the power to destroy ourselves.  But what is this power other than using what belongs to God for our own ends.  All authority and power belong to God.

Lord, no matter what happens, You are still Sovereign.  Let me never forget this simple fact lest I be carried away by the events of this world.  In the end, it will be Your will that is done.  I am emotional and become riled at contemporary events.  Take my eyes and place them firmly upon You knowing that all things are in Your hands.  You are the One whose will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Lord Jesus, You have taught us to keep our eyes upon You.  Help me now and always to not lose sight of this simple teaching.  What will happen around me will happen.  You know the outcome before it ever hits my awareness.  My hope is in You, Lord.  At least, that is what I desire that it should be.  Keep me in the arms of Your grace and mercy now and forever so that I may walk in the faith You have given me.  Amen.