This week’s news from a biblical perspective
IT’S NEW TO ME
1.WE ARE RISING AGAIN-THE SYRIAN CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN MAALOULA DETERMINED TO REBUILD AFTER ISIS DEVASTATION
- Audit of US Catholic Church Shows Sharp Spike in Sex Abuse Reports
- The Lost Art of Meditating on the Scriptures
- Homeland Security Insider Just Blew the Whistle on Obama – Our Worst Fears, CONFIRMED! Breaking News
10.Iranian commander: We can destroy Israel in under 8 minutes
12.CDC Blames Conservative Southerners for High HIV Rates Among Gay Men!
13.Congress Stole Millions from Our Veterans to Resettle Afghanis!
14.BIZARRE: Bernie Sanders on Naked Children and Sexual Attitudes That Cause Cancer
15.Israeli officials intercepted a shipment of metal pipes and motors bound for Hamas in Gaza that can be used in the production of rockets and for constructing tunnels, according to Israeli Defense Ministry.
SETTING OUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE
I admit, it’s hard to see God at work in what we call “the news.” That is, until we take a broader view of what’s happening and how God has worked before in “questionable” situations. Take Joseph, for example. For years it seemed like he was languishing in prison. Had we been alive then, we would likely have been praying for God to get him out of there. Yet, now that we know the rest of the story, we understand that God had a plan for blessing all of Joseph’s family and that plan necessitated a stint in an Egyptian prison.
Then there’s Daniel and his three friends. We probably would have prayed for their release from their captivity in Babylon. Yet, God used this seemingly devastating situation to bring glory to Himself as well as the Jewish fearsome foursome. God used Daniel in ways that never would have been possible had he remained in Jerusalem.
The point, of course, is that things are often not as they seem. This is why we are to walk by faith and not by sight. The word for faith in Hebrew literally means to drive a tent peg deep enough to keep the tent from being blown away. This is exactly what God wants our faith to accomplish today. He wants our faith in Him and His promises to anchor us so deep and firmly that nothing that happens in our world can shake us.
Whenever we find ourselves becoming alarmed or concerned about the evil and treachery going on around us, it’s time to drive our faith stakes a little deeper by reminding ourselves of what God has said about our future. It likely will involve some pain and discomfort, but the ultimate outcome is worth it and assured.
When we reach or final destination, we will look back and wonder why we worried and fussed so much. Our earthly trials will seem so trivial and small compared to the eternity of being in the presence of our Lord. Why not adopt that attitude right now? It will make whatever comes along a lot easier to endure and will make us a lot more pleasant to be around.
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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right, but a foolish man’s heart directs him toward the left–Ecclesiastes 10:2
(This explains a lot.)
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