Monday, September 16, 2002

Edifier du jour-Ephesians 1:18-23
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Two songs running through my mind when I look at this passage. The first is Open the Eyes of My Heart. We do want to be able to see Jesus in his full glory and have the confidence that the world and our lives are in good hands. A lot of our fears would be taken away if we understood that. He's Got the Whole World In His Hands was the second song called up on my mental jukebox, although Lombardi lyrics from Jerry Kramer's Instant Replay come to mind on a second tier. We say that Jesus is lord of all, but we tend to forget that when things get tough. We either want to make him less-than-omnipotent or less-than-omniscient so that we can make the bad patches a goof of God, since He wouldn't want to have us go though all this stuff. No, he does have everything in His hands. We can take comfort in that.

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