“Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.” Zephaniah 3:9
We will never know what was going through the mind of the Wisconsin shooter who murdered worshippers at a Sikh temple or what motivated him to take such devastating action. It is not always easy to co-exist with those we think are different and have customs or rituals we do not understand, but we should try, even if those people don’t make it easy for us through actual trespasses or merely perceived ones.
It is far easier to give up than to keep trying. But giving up, leads to hopelessness; hopelessness to despair. When we despair, we become desperate. Desperation can lead one to irrational and reckless behaviors, including causing harm to others and to ourselves. God does not want us to live in desperation. Draw closer to Him and His Word for guidance, strength and protection through life’s storms. Take comfort in the fact that one day those things that separate us as a people will be done away with and all will stand united in praise and worship of the Lord. As Christians, that is our goal – to live forever in the presence of the Lord and spend our days in praise. Not achieving worldly prosperity. Don’t let despair rob you of achieving your goal.
May the Lord be with you.
“My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.” Psalm 145:21
Today is the beginning of a new week, so let’s start it refreshed, renewed and full of praise! Let’s leave behind the pain and disappointments of the prior week; keep the past in the past. Make today a day of praise for our Lord – for His greatness, for His grace and for His mercy. If we keep this within our hearts, we will be able to endure upcoming trials with the peace and assurance that we are not alone, we have a Protector guiding us.
May the Lord be with you.
“I love you, O Lord, my strength.” Psalm 18:1
During my darkest nights and brightest days,
I praise You, my heavenly Father.
I cannot hide from others my testimony
of the wondrous things You have done and
continue to do in my life.
When my spirit weakens, You deliver through
unknowing messengers Your Word which strengthens me;
responses to petitions presented to You in deepest secrecy.
I know You are the One True God, there are no other gods before you.
You are my Strength, my Protector and my Guide.
Glory to You forever.
“Plowman have plowed my back and made their furrows long. But the Lord is righteous; He has cut me from the cords of wickedness.” Psalm 129: 3 -4
I read a story recently about a young Pakistani woman who was attacked with acid when she was 16 for professing her Christianity. It was a brutal attack, resulting in months of surgeries and rehabilitation. Today, however, the woman is enrolled in a Texas college and studying to become an American citizen; living a life she never thought possible for herself. The woman praises God in the article for everything He has done for her.
The article was beautiful and inspiring, but some of the comments below the article weren’t. One comment that struck me the most was from an admitted non-believer who wanted another commenter to acknowledge he or she was thanking God for people throwing acid in strangers’ faces. He ended by stating the commenter has a “warped” sense of what to be thankful for.
We have free will to believe what we want. However, the commenter’s statement reminds me of just how limited man’s vision and discernment is. The young woman and the fellow Christian commenter were not praising God and being thankful solely for the violent act. They were full praise for God being with the woman through the attack (she could have very easily died), guiding her through a difficult recovery and blessing her beyond her dreams. God turned evil into good. But the non-believing commenter, with his worldly view, could only focus on the evil. To me, as a Christian, that is a warped sense of comprehension.
May the Lord be with you today.