Can we talk?
As I read through the Bible, chronologically, I have come to the pre-exile text. Y’all, it isn’t pretty.
Disruption of order
Riots in the streets
Does this have a twinge of familiarity?
God is giving His final decree to the world (pre-exile) through His prophet Isaiah – He is telling them, “I have given you so many chances and you continue to live in disobedience. Because I love you, I must do something.”
I don’t know about you, but there is a fire burning inside of me. A fire of compassion and gospel. I want the world to know that this earth isn’t “it”. This life, as we know it today, is not the end-all. Our Hope is not dependent on any human force. There is a battle raging and it’s in the heavenlies; it’s the same battle that began in Eden and it is coming to its apex right before our very eyes.
We have two choices: get all in a knot of anxiety or place our complete trust in our God and Savior. Let’s be The Church during these horrific days. Loving. Giving. Feeding. Helping. Caring. All of us can do something. #JustDoSomething
Last week my grandkids went to the donut store and bought a couple dozen donuts and went to the local police department and told the officers how much they are appreciated.
Yesterday, my friends’ church had a service of service. The whole congregation was involved. They wrote notes to folks needing some encouragement. They made food baskets for the police, fire station, and rescue squad. The children colored pictures to be included in each box and basket. Feeding the physical opens the door to Living Bread!!!
We can all do something and the greatest thing all of us can do is PRAY. Let’s pray fervent, BIG prayers to our big God. Even during the Exile – God showed mercy to His beloved people. Yes, they were exiled and taken to a foreign land. Yes, everything they had was gone. But in Jeremiah God reminded the people to live. He told them to “do something”… build houses, plant gardens, marry and have children, thrive in the country I have placed you in, pray for the country’s well-being, don’t fall for the tricks and trades of the foreigners, remember Me and My truth – I will not forget you. (Jeremiah 29)
I am in no way prophesying or predicting what is going to happen in America – so please don’t take it as such. I am just encouraging us to be pro-active, smart, wise, and fully trusting our God. I think it’s a real good time in our current history to make my mom’s favorite scripture our own:
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26.3-4
Our HOPE is in HIM. And,
Hope Changes Everything.