In a Bible study, we have been discussing the gospel of Matthew. Jesus frequently mentions the kingdom of God throughout his teaching. Every person that repents of sin and becomes a follower of Jesus enters the kingdom of God.
During Jesus’ time on earth there were divisive groups, social and political turbulence. Through parables and his teaching, Jesus explained the kingdom of God. This kingdom is separate, is different from the kingdoms (or nations) of our world. It is outside of politics and cultural goals.
During the sermon on the mount Jesus said: Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6: 31,33
The currents events in our world are disturbing. The pandemic and different ways of responding to it have divided us. We hear rumors of wars, and we wonder at so much happening in a short period of time. A friend in the Bible study repeated a phrase she had heard, faith over fear. Now we all have T-shirts printed with these words.
In this current time, I am learning (still in progress) where to look for faith. God has given us so much! We see creation all around us. The seasons come—spring, summer, fall and winter. God has created a vast array of flowers, plants and trees. They provide a rainbow of color and fresh food. We have the God’s word in the Bible. When I give thanks for all of these blessings, I am encouraged.
What does it mean to be in the kingdom of God? The Bible records the promises of God. Some have been fulfilled, some are still to come. We can rest on the truth of scripture and in doing so, have peace. Despite the troubles in the world, we know that Jesus has overcome the world and intercedes for us.
Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:31-33
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
Update: This prayer request is from a believer in Ukraine. Pray for God’s protection and peace in our hearts.
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