We live in a culture of death but God wants to transform it into a culture of life.
We've all seen what happens. Pond scum, not a pretty sight. Today we're looking at Moses' experience in the wilderness when needing to provide water for the newly freed Israelites. The story supplies some great images and a most necessary application.
...Off the bus, out of the car...you're no longer in the driver's seat. It's time for Wisdom to take over, and that is only accomplished through the engine of the Spirit. Circumstances of life can, will, and do drive us to that point... if we will let it.
We pick up from last week in our reflection of our situation, both nationally and individually during this difficult time in our history.
Right now both our nation and the world are experiencing and witnessing a trial that none of us ever anticipated. We usually think of sermon applications as something strictly personal but not much more than that. Maybe we need to think outside that box, maybe regionally... nationally... globally this time. Time for some introspection.
I think because it's been 2000 years since Jesus' resurrection that many people do not believe it to be true, and therefore they don't really considering that He is God and that what He has told us is the absolute truth. There's much to say about that: Why 2000 years? Is He coming back, and if so, when? We'll get into that some day soon, but what about right now? Today, with all the fear and insanity, particularly with a worldwide pandemic? Take a moment, a breath, and listen. God bless, and happy Easter and Passover Week.
With the very real concern everyone has regarding the Corona virus, the reaction, e.g. the incredible run on toilet rolls leaving empty shelves, is indicative of mass reactions which can oftentimes lead to very unpleasant results. And what should our response be. Certainly to be responsible in our courtesy and care for others, but also not to be overtaken by fear and undue concern. The world doesn't get it, but our Living God has absolute control over what occurs in and on His planet. And nothing is going to go any further than He Who wills it. Period.
We need to get a grip on that reality and to understand our need to turn our attention to Him, and in prayer, and in every and all circumstances. Listen up to our message regarding the next beatitude, peacemakers.
God is looking to change us from the inside out.
As we continue in the Beatitudes, it's time for mercy, which is not about 'what goes around comes around'.
Grace vs. Mercy: There's the old expression that grace is getting what you don't deserve and mercy is not getting what you do deserve. We really don't want to be lackadaisical about God's mercy toward us. You really don't want to do that.
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