Prayer for the day
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Scripture for the day
Triumphalism can be a dangerous thing if it is not tempered by realism. However, in the scriptures, we have the language of victory and triumph set up as the overarching theme for the work of God. The scriptures make it clear that while there is a cosmic battle being waged, the outcome of that cosmic battle is determined already. God has already been declared the winner, and history just has to play itself toward that inevitable conclusion!
In the book of Revelation, the visions of John shift and move, from comforting to terrifying. Yet for all the terror and confusion, for all the scary imagery, for all the beasts and horns and prostitutes and locusts, one theme resounds loud and clear through all of the visions: this is not the final state. Things, John tells us, are not going to finish this way. Something better is coming, and that something better is the ultimate victory of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
The glory of God and his victory is on display even in the First Testament. In the book of Haggai, the victorious God displays his victory when he calls the people of God to rebuild his home. For the people, this is the declaration that their God has not died, but still inhabits the land, still owns everything, still gives and takes away at his own schedule. The rebuilding of the house of God is the declaration that God wins, and that the God who wins is THEIR God.
Whether it’s building the house of God to declare his victory, or declaring that victory through miraculous visions, the glory of God is written throughout creation to declare his victory.
Join the victorious one!