This week’s news + hope in the midst of difficult times
IT’S NEWS TO ME
|An undated file picture shows an Israeli soldier firing an anti-tank missile Spike-LR, manufactured by an Israeli Defense contractor. Israeli Defense Ministry said December 29, 2003, it signed a deal worth about $250 million to produce and supply anti-tank missiles to Poland. (photo credit: RAFAEL ADVANCED SYSTEMS)|
Iran_s St Stepanos Church, a medieval Armenian Christian place of worship, is seen near the city of Jolfa about 500 km (310 miles) northwest of Tehran November 14, 2008 (photo credit: REUTERS/RAHEB HOMAVANDI_
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SETTING OUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE
Hang in There
This week’s news from Washington and the Middle East provides a glimpse into the heart of those whose lives have not been touched by God. The first three chapters of Romans reveal the true nature of mankind as descendants from Adam, and it’s not good. In fact, it’s really ugly. Most people try to hide the truth by constructing a false façade around themselves-an image they want to present to the world. Sooner or later, however, life gets in the way and the truth behind the mask is exposed. The depth of the hatred is shocking to most of us, but not to God. As things heat up around the world, peoples’ hearts will grow colder and colder, so get used to it.
Followers of Christ must remember that in this world, we will have troubles of all kinds, but Jesus has overcome the world. If we allow Him to be our life (by walking in the Spirit), we can walk as overcomers. Today’s verse is a reminder of how God uses the “suffering” in our lives to mold us into overcomers. Peter assures us that, in the big picture, our suffering is brief, even though it seems like an eternity. He also makes it clear that it will be worth it. God rewards those who earnestly seek Him (Hebrews 11:6), and part of the seeking is willingly accepting the necessary suffering.
We will discover that God was, indeed, taking us somewhere. There was a purpose behind everything we suffered through. In the end, it will be more than worth it. We will understand that without the suffering, we would still be where we were before-comfortable but powerless, happy but not joyful, looking good on the outside but empty on the inside. We will understand that suffering is a requirement for real growth.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
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