There are times in this life when we are confronted with our powerlessness. We realize that whatever we do will have little to no effect on our situation.
But when we're powerless, one of the things we have the power to do is to cry out to God. Instead of wallowing in this situation or complaining to others about it, we can lay before Him our powerlessness and ask Him to intervene.
In the Book of Psalms, some chapters can be considered psalms of lament. These lyrics express sorrow, struggle, and despair. It exposes what every human being will go through as they walk this earth. Yet, even with its exposition of sadness and darkness, these psalms end as songs cried out in faith and confidence in God.
Despite all the trouble surrounding us, God hears us. His Kingdom is still at hand.
In the New Testament, we are told of the New Jerusalem, the capital of the Kingdom of God. So it says in Revelation 3:12:
“All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God—the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And I will also write on them my new name.”
What makes you feel powerless? What do you long to see made right in this world? In this place God promised for us, we will see an end to all the struggles and to all the lament.
Who Owns the Keys?
“I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.” – Revelation 1:18
At one time, death always had the last word. Death was a prison cell with no key. Jesus, the true God, died and paid the price for all sin. Rising, victorious over even death, He is the Living One who now holds the keys. Death is not final for anyone who believes in Him. He has the power to save all of us. He has the last word.
But there is also another key, the one described in Isaiah 22:22:
“I will give him the key to the house of David—the highest position in the royal court. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them.”
To those God has called, He has given the key to the house of David, His Kingdom.
Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” – Matthew 16:15-19
In this conversation with Peter, Jesus revealed what He was doing in the apostle's life. He has given Peter the power and authority—the key—to His Kingdom.
But in traversing the road to Jerusalem, Peter will face a significant challenge that will test His allegiance to the man he just declared as the Son of the Living God. When Peter was separated from Jesus on the road to Calvary, the apostle denied his Master thrice. From being given the authority to open up God's Kingdom for others, Peter's act rendered him powerless. But because Jesus still owns and holds the keys, powerless people like Peter can repent and return to the calling God has given them. The same can be said for us.
Who Holds the Keys?
Just as Jesus did with Peter, our Lord also gives us the keys. He lets us hold it so that we can have access to His most wonderful plan for our lives. He is the "I" who has given us the keys to His Kingdom. Nothing will stand against His church because of the faith He has given to us. We have the keys to His Kingdom. We have been given the authority to use this key to open up this sacred place to everyone who wants to enter.
The second "I" who holds the keys given by God is you. He has given you this key for all the times you feel powerless. Despite the sickness, tragedy, struggle, sadness, and all other seemingly endless sufferings here on earth, Jesus gives us the keys. When you receive it, victory is already yours.
All the struggles that come with our time here on earth will end when all things are made new. In the meantime, we wait and use the keys to unlock the truth about God so that people are encouraged and set free. We open up the door so that they will understand the gift God has given them through Jesus.
We use the keys and open up the door so they can participate in the mission and answer Jesus' question, "Who do you say I am?"
Take this time to think: Who needs to answer this with clarity? Once God brings these people to mind, help them find the answer as to who Jesus is in their lives.
The first "I" that holds the keys has given you the privilege of holding the keys. Use this incredible gift to connect people to life in Jesus. Use this incredible gift to live in victory and power as you make the most out of your time here on earth.