“But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
Isaiah 43:1-2 NKJV
Oh the deep deep love
Our world is spiraling. The general tendency of we humans is to dwell only upon what is directly in front of us, focusing on just a small aspect of all the things going in this world. I guess it is a means of protecting ourselves, that we do not seek to know more than we ought.
Such is not so for me. I grew up with a desire to know everything. I wanted to know every detail, to understand all the interconnections, and to have and understanding of world history and how it has brought about the world we live in today. I have found, though, that such knowledge is overwhelming.
The great king Solomon understood the pain of knowledge, for he wrote of his on struggles.
“I communed with my heart, saying, “Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.”
Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 NKJV
These days I often have great sorrow.
The world we live in facing a great many cataclysms that have never before been experience simultaneously. There have been times when we have had great times of struggle. I think of the Great Depression, World War Two, and a multitude of great tragedies that have shook the world. But since the pandemic, which still holds on, there has been a looming specter, a dark storm forming on the horizon, who’s winds are just now reaching us.
There are a host of calamities happening at once, as a perfect storm of famine, pestilence, fuel shortage, war, and economic collapse are hitting all over the world at once.
“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Matthew 24:4-8 NKJV
I have been in a dark place the last few days, and I am thankful for those who have prayed for me. This morning I opened my tablet to my favorite bible app and the Lord knew exactly what I needed. Isaiah forty three was the balm that brought peace to soul. The times we are living in are filled with promises of fire and flood, and as promised Israel, a type and shadow of the New Testament follower of Jesus, I know that I can trust this same God.
Brothers and sisters, let us pray for each other to endure in these times, and let us not be trouble. All the things that we are seeing must come to pass, and we know that worse things are coming, for these are just birth pangs.
Let us focus on the deep, deep love Jesus to get us through. Each of us has testimony of the faithfulness of God, of HIs walking through our greatest trials. Let us remember those moments and be sure to tell those stories to others. Let us go and tell of The Story, of Jesus, the God/Man who came to earth from Heaven to live a life in sinful flesh, yet sinless, who went to cross for our sins.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,”
I Corinthians 15:1-4 NKJV
The coming days, weeks, months, and perhaps, years will be filled with great prevail. Let us reflect on Jesus and the glory to come.
Oh the deep, deep love
Spread His praise from shore to shore
How He came to pay our ransom
Through the saving cross He bore
How He watches o’er His loved ones
Those He died to make His own
How for them He’s interceding
Pleading now before the throne
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