We don’t really know what it is like to live in a kingdom ruled by a king or queen, living here in the United States. We live in a democratic state where there is independence of ownership and no state governments rule by a king or queen with everyone else being subjects of the kingdom.
Unlike what we know in America, in a kingdom, you own nothing.Everything is owned by the ruler of the kingdom. You may have land and a house, but it is owned by the lord of the land, the king or queen.
Everyone works, contributes taxes and buys food for themselves, but they really own nothing of value. This is a common practice in some countries even today.
There are African nations ruled by kings and some smaller islands in the Pacific are ruled by kings. However, back in the day when the scriptures were written, kingdoms were a typical type of rulership.
There was only one ruler who decided on all things. That was the king or queen of the kingdom.
When Jesus taught his disciples to pray: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,” he was talking about a lordship over all things in the heavens and on the Earth under one king, his Father. He was talking about a single ruler over all things with the power to contain all things under that rulership.
So, thinking in terms of what our faith tells us, there is only one true God and he alone will rule over all the Earth one day; it’s as though he is telling us through his word, not only will he rule over all the heavens and Earth one day, but, in actuality, he is already ruler over all the Earth.
In order for his perfect will to be done on Earth, however, until a time which he has already selected comes, he is allowing other forces to come into play that seem to rule until that given time when he will take over rule of all the Earth.
We believe almighty God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Moses, Jacob, King David and all the prophets, is the only true God of this world. If we believe this, then we believe that God is truly Lord over his kingdom as a king is lord over a kingdom here on Earth where everyone and everything belong to the king.
The land, the animals on the land, the people, the rivers, the mountains, the seas and the cattle on 1,000 hillsides they all belong to the King of the heavens and the Earth.
Everything is subject to submission to the King in the end, even if some don’t know or want to believe the King is really in control.
“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.”
This is saying: Thy will will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.
That is a very direct claim of power. May we ask who controls the rains and snow that fall on the Earth from heaven? Who determines how much moisture will fall on one part of the Earth and how much will fall on another? Who controls the sun and the moon and the stars in the heavens?
Science will explain some of the things like what the temperature of the Earth would be if we were closer to the sun, or if the Earth’s rotation were slower, but what explains who rules the heavens and the other aspects of the universe?
It would be childish to say man could answer all these questions.
The word of God says in Isaiah 55: 8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
This is all the explanation I need to understand that the kingdom of heaven is ruled by a power much greater than you or I can
ever know while we are living in these mortal bodies.
“What you see is what you get,” is as easy an explanation for me. The rest is faith in God’s word.
The power of God is not a power I can reckon with other than to know that the Lord almighty is in control of all things through his perfect will, and all things are subject to him whether we know it or not.
“Thy will be done,” is almost a fatalistic way of looking at things, but, in a sense it is very true.
Jesus said, “Abba Father, all things are possible for you. Take this cup away from me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will be done,” Mark 14:36.
Many Christians today believe Jesus is coming soon. If one were to look at the daily news and what these Christian prophets are saying and study the scriptures that speak of the coming of the Lord, one could see that the world seems to be at a crossroads where something should be happening soon from God that will convince mankind that he is the Lord of the heavens and the Earth. And what a great day that will be ... a day of redemption from the mess the world has gotten into.
I believe God has allowed man to be as he is today, just as the prodigal son of the scriptures was allowed to go wayward.
God has never given up his love for us nor lost control of the Earth’s situation, but he has allowed things to happen as they have so we would turn to him and see his great love for us and to find hope for us in an everlasting life that God has promised for us through Jesus Christ the Lord.
With the gift of the Holy Spirit, the spirit of Christ can be a gift to us to help us get through the times we are in now while we wait in great expectation for the coming of the Lord Jesus, just as the scriptures tell us.
Then, other things will happen suddenly and God himself will restore a new Earth for his kingdom to come. Then, there will be no suffering, no dying, no pain and we will be under God’s protection for ever and ever from sin and wickedness that causes so much pain and suffering in the world as we know it today.
Our hope is renewed each day when we pray this simple prayer: “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven.”
All praise and glory to our king and Lord, Jesus Christ, the Lord of the heavens and the Earth.
Mark Conway is a Christian evangelist living in Seward. He can be reached through e-mail at akmark5 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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