Who are the rulers of your world? Are they the government – city, state, national – or are they your employer, money lender, the organizations you belong to, your Christian activities, or could they be the activities of your teenage child? Whether you have an actual tormenter persecuting you or something draining your life away, anything controlling your life is replacing God as the Lord of your life. In Luke 6:46, God sets up this disconnect of professing Lordship while living otherwise, "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?” (NIV) God wants your love and devotion, so that He can magnify His life in and through you.
No matter how commanding the consuming power is that desires to control your life, you must always place God first. Your God is not of this world; your God is Jesus who loved you so much He was willing to ransom His life for you by His sacrificial death. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 puts in perspective, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (NIV) Do not let the rulers of your life distract you from the good work Jesus is doing in you; live within the tranquility of God by trusting and resting in Him. Let your heart be captured by God alone! Psalm 131:2-3 gives a beautiful picture of doing this, “But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.” (NIV) When your flesh is melting from the rulers of this world, draw into God’s arms for peace, direction, and satisfaction.
1 Corinthians 4:9-13 “For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.” (NIV)