May 13, 2023


Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Why are the nations restless and the peoples plotting in vain? … The rulers conspire together against the LORD and against His Anointed … He who sits in the heavens laughs, the LORD scoffs at them. “—Psalm 2:1–4 NASB

Klemens Metternich had such a dominant personality that some called the 19th century the Age of Metternich. He expressed his genius by developing the concept of a balance of power among nations.

Born in Germany in 1773, he served in important diplomatic positions before becoming Austria’s minister of foreign affairs. His shrewd policies helped bring Austria victory against Napoleon. In the Congress of Vienna that followed this victory, Metternich’s leadership inspired a balance that helped keep Europe out of major wars for almost 100 years.

Yet as nations became so obsessed with maintaining a balance, Europe became tangled with complex alliances that eventually exploded into violent wars.

Psalm 2 takes on significance here. Nations have plotted and planned. Kings have taken stands. Rulers have sought to gain power and control. Ultimately, they don’t realize they are fighting against God Himself, who has an eternal perspective and plans that will succeed.

Today, the forces of darkness seem to have the advantage while Christians are outnumbered and overwhelmed. But the psalmist reminds us that God is not worried! He sits in the heavens and laughs. He knows their limits.

You can trust God! Your opposition may seem powerful. Your problems may seem impossible to solve. But you serve the God of all Creation. He is the God of miracles! Stay faithful. Serve Him. Trust Him.

Reflection Question: Today’s world powers seem unbalanced. Write a prayer to restore peace.

Father, thank You that You have the world situation under control. Help me to be faithful and spread the Gospel. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Psalm 2