Ephesians 1:22-23 ” And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the Church, which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills everything in every way.”

In the wake of this pandemic of the COVID 19 Virus, the idea of these verses take on heightened meaning for us today.  This concept of the resurrected Jesus having supreme rule over everything was voiced by Him in Matthew 28:18, when He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.”  That means it’s a done deal…everything, (which includes the Corona Virus), is under Jesus’ power and authority.  So just as He is the head of the Body of Christ – the Church-   Jesus is the head…the Supreme Ruler over COVID 19, and these verses go on to  tell us that God placed it under His feet…a place of utter submission and surrender.

Job 1:21 ” Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

Job couldn’t understand what had happened to him…he had just lost all his children and his livelihood.  Yet here, he acknowledges God’s total sovereignty.   We also will go through tragic times…times when we shake our head in utter bewilderment at the senseless acts we see and hear about.  So we need to be reminded here that our Lord’s power has not diminished…His authority and supremacy has not waned in light of the increasing  evilness  in the world.  God’s rule is still absolute…His dominion still remains established and true.  We may not be able to understand…but we can echo Job’s words, “May the name of the Lord be praised.”

We’ve got to live: Submissive in His authority.

Jesus Christ has all authority both on earth and in heaven. (Matthew 28:18)…so why is it so hard to yield our will to His?  In our head we know He has supreme rule…but our rebellious nature would rather do things our way than submit…our pride and arrogance would rather rule than surrender.  We need to remember that submission to God’s authority is the beginning of freedom not slavery.

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