“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” (Ps 40:2 NIV)
Seeing the injustice, unrest, and chaos of this society, we may have feelings of uncertainty, fear, anxiety, anger, helplessness, or even hopelessness. Is getting trampled on by ruthless scoundrels justifiable? Violence is not the answer – we need to come together, lift each other up, and ensure justice will be served. Most of us are going through the same storm, albeit in different boats. The storm may be uncertain, but we certainly are in our own boats and trying to learn how to navigate through this storm. When I am in despair, I look to King David and his words of wisdom in the book of Psalms.
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (Jn 14:2)
The purpose of Jesus’ departure is to prepare a place for us in heaven where we will dwell with God in close communion with Him. In our journey of life, while we walk the pilgrim pathway, we definitely want to think of returning our heavenly home.
The reign of King Ahab is often described as the “dark ages” of the history of the Israelites. Ahab did more to provoke the Lord to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him, leading the entire nation deep into idolatry (1 Kings 16:33). When Elijah was finally sent to confront the entire Israelite congregation on Mount Carmel, however, he addressed not the king but the Israelites, with a deeper issue at hand. The root cause of their suffering was not solely the blame of faulty leadership; the true cause stemmed from their personal choices.
“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” (Mt 24:42)
We are facing an unprecedented worldwide pandemic. Many countries have issued strong measures and advisories to combat the spread of the virus. We are advised to maintain high vigilance, exercise caution, practice good hygiene, and use social distancing as preventative measures to help prevent the spread of the virus. Many people heed the warnings and adhere to CDC guidelines. In times like this, we also ought to pay attention to Christ’s warnings about the end time.
Oh, come to my heart, Lord Jesus! There is room in my heart for Thee.
Oh, come to my heart, Lord Jesus, come! There is room in my heart for Thee.
(Hymn 238, chorus)
As great crowds gathered around Lord Jesus, He spoke to them in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed…” (Lk 8:5). The point of Jesus’ parable was to remind His followers to examine their own hearts first. With what type of heart did they come to hear God’s words?