One of my favorite movies growing up was Titanic. The sweeping scores, the beautiful scenes, and the cinematic replication of the ship and its inhabitants - what is there not to enjoy from this fictional retelling of the Titanic's maiden and last voyage?
One of the memorable scenes from this film is a moment in which the main character, Jack, and impoverished artist makes his way to the front of the ship with his friend. They go the very front of the ship on the main deck, Jack stands on the railings and declares, "I'm king of the world!" It's an iconic moment for the film, because two hours later, this man is no longer on top of the world.
We hear a line like "I'm king of the world," and it seems pretty harmless. However, this is a line I declare in my heart almost everyday, especially when I'm feeling particularly proud or things are going my way. Like, the main character of Titanic, I'm brought low by circumstances not long after, and my tune changes. I am not king of the world.
This line is actually an act of rebellion against God.
I'm not king of the world. I can't even control whether a day will be an encouraging day or a hard day. But I often believe a lie in my heart that I'm the king of the world, and that I can control things.
As we're learning about God and how He is the true King of the world, I'm encouraged and comforted when things seem out my control and dominion. It's because they are out of my control. However, if God is King and Sovereign over this world, I can trust that everything, my good days and hard days are under his control.
In these moments, I'm reminded of a passage from the book of Acts:
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us. (Acts 17:24-27)
God made the world and everything in it and He is the Lord and King of heaven and earth. When things are going well or life is hard, I want the cry of my heart to be, "God's king of the world!" and find comfort in that truth.
Shalom! I'm Madi, a laughter-loving, movie-going, spontaneous-dancing, follower of Christ. Join me as I seek glimpses of God's grace in the ordinary and everyday.
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