“The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.”
“Such being our chief scene, the date of our story refers to a period towards the end of the reign of Richard I., when his return from his long captivity had become an event rather wished than hoped for by his despairing subjects, who were in the meantime subjected to every species of subordinate oppression.”
-Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, kindle loc.397
“Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, ‘The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, “Look, here it is!” or “There!” for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.'”
“The time I have spent, and am yet to spend in concealment, is, as I explained to thee at Saint Botolph’s, necessary to give my friends and faithful nobles time to assemble their forces, that when Richard’s return is announced, he should be at the head of such a force as enemies shall tremble to face, and thus subdue the meditated treason, without even unsheathing a sword.”
-Richard in Scott, Ivanhoe, kindle loc. 6929
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
-1 Peter 3:9
Last night my friend Jim and I were talking about the Kingdom of God, how it is somehow here and yet not fulfilled, it is truly established and yet not what it will be. I was glad to read this passage from the Psalms in my morning Bible reading; it reminded me of this truth. Though we do not yet see God enthroned, we will. Though we wonder, “how long, O Lord?”, we can also take solace in knowing that the wait is a gift of God’s patience, allowing many more to repent and believe and follow, even while the sham king seems to sit on the throne.
One day, perhaps when we least expect it, the True King will take back the throne–surprisingly, as the “Lamb who was slain.” On that day, we can be glad we chose his side when the night seemed darkest. We’ll see his wisdom in it all. We’ll rejoice in his kingdom.