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God’s people abide forever

sunlight-through-a-tree-under-creative-commons-by-philipsonphotographyWe owe God the praise for who he is and for the many amazing things he accomplishes. One of those amazing things is the fact that his people continue to serve him and the church continues to grow despite the fact that we Christians are the most hated people in the world. Genuine Christians will always be outnumbered by unbelievers because broad is the way to destruction and many there be that go that way. But God, who is the God of his word, has promised that even though many of us may fall by the sword of persecution, many more will still survive to carry on the gospel and the benefits that accompany it.

Jehovah is so powerful that it’s impossible to completely annihilate his people from off the Earth, no matter what time period or generation. No matter how much power the wicked muster up against us, they cannot touch what God has appointed for us to accomplish and to acquire because of his hand on his people. This is a repeated theme throughout scripture, but here’s how Psalm 125 breaks it down:

They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.

As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.

We know that heaven and earth shall pass away, so the Mount Zion spoken of here is the one in heaven that will come down when the new heaven and earth are created. The lot of the righteous is whatever portion God has ordained for us, spiritual or otherwise. Even when the wicked unleash their weapons against God’s people, Psalm 126:5-6 tells us what will happen in the end:

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

As some of us may sow the gospel and God’s other blessings in tears, a harvest of joy awaits us. Sowing our precious seed in the midst of trying and crying times only means that we will enjoy a bountiful harvest worthy of rejoicing over when it’s all said and done. That will ultimately be the lot of the righteous untouchable by the rod of the wicked.


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