Tuesday: October 20, 2020
Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
While Paul’s words are more an expression of relief than an ordinary timeline of events, we cannot help but wonder ‘how far we have come’. For such was our state that it seemed a worrying predicament: At the time, you were aliens and strangers. You did not belong, you had no place, the covenant promises were not applicable to you. You were without hope and without God in this world.
What a pitiful state to be in; a state of not belonging and with nothing to hope for. Beloved, the insignificance of man is never highlighted as much until they are before the majesty of God. When our nothingness is embraced by the excellency and perfection of God, we can’t help but truly stand in wonder.
When we compare our lives before God to our lives with Him in it, we will find clear contrasts. For some of us, it might seem that even his presence has made no difference but my dear, look again. There is no encounter with Him that leads to a backward advance, hopelessness or a lack of real belonging. His presence is the glue that holds all things together and He sustains them by the word of his mouth.