On February 6, 1952 Queen Elizabeth II began her reign as queen of England. She was coronated later that year on June 2. She is the longest reigning monarch in the history of England. The ninety-four-year-old queen has reigned for over two-thirds of her life. It is quite an accomplishment, but it pales in comparison to the reign of Almighty God.
The psalmist tells us “Your throne is established from the beginning; you are from eternity” (Psalm 93:2, CSB). In other words, the Sovereign Lord has always been king. His throne is emblematic of His rule. It dates back to the beginning. Actually, it is before the beginning even began. And the Lord continues to reign today. He has not wandered off or taken a sabbatical. He is not distant and distracted. He has not abandoned His rule or His responsibilities. He reigns. He has since the beginning. He does today. And He always will.
One day Jesus will return. When He does, He will gather up those that are His and He will visibly and demonstratively reign forever with them. The rule that began long ago in eternity past reaches far ahead into eternity future.
You and I are invited into this eternal kingdom. Jesus made it possible for us to be part of it. In Him, we have both access and security, comfort and confidence. Amid all the uncertainty of life, remember this unshakeable truth. The Lord still reigns. He always has. He always will. So, there is no need to allow the headlines of the day overwhelm you. You and your troubles do not fall outside of His jurisdiction. Your sin and struggles are not beyond His reach or His help. Jesus has conquered them all. Rest in the assurance that comes from knowing the Lord is still enthroned. He’s not just a past-tense king. He’s not just a future-tense king. He’s a present-tense king. He reigns eternally.