Note: The AMI Quiet Time Devotionals from October 17-23 are provided by Pastor David Kwon of Journey Community Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Devotional Thought for Today
For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6 It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? 7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, 8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
After the author of Hebrews gives us a warning about drifting away from the gospel, he returns to the greatness of Christ Himself. This shift is made so that the work and role of Christ can be prominently emphasized throughout the rest of the book of Hebrews. In these verses, it tells us how this rule is presently manifested in the world. We are told that nothing has been left outside of Christ’s control (2:8), and all of creation is now subject to the rule of Christ.
The author also quotes from Psalm 8, which celebrates God’s creation, including man. In Psalm 8:3, the psalmist contemplates the mighty works of God by saying, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place…” And as he thinks about the stars, planets and galaxies, and the vastness of the universe, no wonder he exclaims, “What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?” What the writer of Hebrews (and the psalmist) is saying is that man has a position of honor (v.7), meaning that we are the pinnacle of creation and also a position of authority (v. 8) as man was given rule over the earth.
What does this mean for us? A few thoughts:
- We have a King who knows us. We are reminded that God not only intentionally created the universe, but we are also His beloved creation. God knows our thoughts, wants and needs – the King of the Universe knows us and calls us by name! Rejoice, because we have a heavenly Father who intimately knows us in this way!
- We have a King we can trust. Jesus is a King who never fails us because of His great love for us. The Cross is proof that His love is unconditional; therefore, we can trust him with our lives.
I know that most of us know these truths in our heads, but do we live that way in everyday lives? Do you really trust Christ in every area of your life? Does the perfect love of God give you the ultimate security in your life rather than things like money, family, appearances and reputation? Spend time praying that these promises would be lived out in our lives today.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for being our King. Thank You that You are the God of creation and the One who knows us fully and intimately. Help us to trust You with all of our hearts today. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Philippians 2-3