While no one could have seen the events of last week coming, and come they did, bringing a death not easily understood or accepted by anyone, blocking the mental facilities from being able to wrap one’s mind around the events at hand, we live in a world, a fallen world, where tragedies happen all the time and any sin that can be imagined is part of the world today, as it has been since Genesis chapter three.
While the influence of evil runs amuck in our world, growing and growing from generation to generation, and seemingly being accepted by a majority of people, rearing its ugly head in the prettiest of places, capturing the hearts and minds of a multitude, loving the rich and nurturing the poor, hugging the old and fascinating the young, grasping the very heart and promising the joys and riches of a fallen world, we hold that there is rest for the weary (Matthew 11:28-30; Hebrews 4:1).
While the preacher cried that it was “Meaningless,” (Ecclesiastes 1:1), the seers asked “How long” (Habakkuk 1:2), as well as others asking “Why,” the poet, with pen in hand, attempting to soothe, knowing the depths from which he had been delivered, in an attempt to keep others from those depths as well as to pull those out who had slipped, wrote the calming words to a generation past, as well as to the ages of generations to come, “Thou art with me, Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).
While we long to be clothed in our Heavenly dwelling (2 Corinthians 5:2), knowing that being absent from the body is to be in the presence of the LORD (2 Corinthians 5:8), we are called to live in a land that is not the land of citizenship (Philippians 3:20 ), and are told that our lights must shine among men (Matthew 5:16) ), that our lights may guide them to the truth (Matthew 28:) with the hope that as we enter the rest others may find the way to the true rest through our sufferings which are blessings that strengthen our desire, to do his work and to be with the LORD on our last day.
Continue to pray for healing all over our sin ravaged world.
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Until next time May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You: All Y’all!