There is a practice in fence-making that does not use mortar, it’s called “dry-stacking stones.” This style incorporates placement and weight in order to help these fences withstand the test of time. These fences remind me of God’s promises that are made throughout Scripture. God’s promises are also built to withstand time and weather storms.
Genesis 1:1 begins, “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth…” (NRSV) This opening statement of Scripture not only emphasizes the creative nature of God but reminds us that God has been in control and reigning since the beginning. Have you ever had those feelings of fear or lack of control? I have and I know that Joshua from Scripture did as well. When Joshua feels that he is ill-prepared, God reminds him that God is in control and “will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:7) That promise that God made to Joshua is the same promise that God makes to you. You are not alone.
Or maybe you’ve told God that you don’t need God, you can do it on your own. In 1 Samuel 8, the Israelites tell God they don’t want God and they want an earthly king. It is at this point in their history that Saul becomes the king of the Israelites and guess what…things get pretty bad. Although it looks like God has granted the Israelites exactly what they wanted by abandoning them, God is still reigning and working in their lives. In the background, God prepares a plan for a new king, one that God appoints in David.
The idea that God still reigns is easy to say but difficult to grasp. We often feel like we have to fix everything in lives or conquer every battle alone. But if we slow down enough and reflect on these ancient promises from God, we can find comfort in the realization that is still in control. God still reigns.