3rd November 2019

Remember Who’s in Charge

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.”
1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NRSV)

As you look around your world, your nation, your community or even your church, do you see things that need to change which are beyond your reach? And I’m not just talking about small things of style or preference; I’m talking about what really matters—issues of reality, where right and wrong, truth and lies get sorted out. I’m talking about the things that align with who you believe God is, as revealed in Jesus Christ. What do we do when we see such things, but the powers-that-be seem blind or unwilling to embrace those big issues?

A hero of mine, who faced the racial challenges in our country and in his church throughout the civil rights eras, followed a simple, yet powerful approach. When people would struggle under their own burdens and challenges, he would regularly say, “Remember who’s in charge. God is in charge.” He often reminded me that the real battles are fought on your knees.

This Christ-centred approach to confronting the wrongs in our world, models the same wisdom Paul shared with Timothy, his own protégé, when he was faced with the challenges of his time. In an age where activism and protest are presented as virtues, Paul’s instructions may seem too passive for some. But when we know “who’s in charge” this approach is anything but passive. It’s taking the issue straight to the One who is more active and passionate than we could ever be. In prayer we put our trust in the Lord, and we receive his peace in us. In this way God does a work in us to be a witness in the world.

So, if you ever find yourself wrestling with the wrongs in our communities, churches and our nation, and feel yourself crying out for change, start with prayer for our communities and those who are in authority. And then join with Jesus in his active ministry of reconciliation. But most of all, remember who’s in charge; praise God he is in charge!

Prayer
Majestic Father, you who sees the end from the beginning, we give you many thanks indeed, that you are in charge! Even as we seek your ways, learning every day as we walk with you, we recognise that mankind doesn’t know the way he should go, and flounders helplessly. Thank you that we recognise that, and that we can come to you in prayer. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Presented by Jeff Broadnax
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The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/ ), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International.

About the Presenter:
Jeff Broadnax is a GCI Elder in Grace Communion International in the USA and serves as National Coordinator of GCI Generation Ministries.

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