… he lingered; so the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand… and they brought him out. Genesis 19:1-29 There are days when I am feeling particularly blessed and today is one of those days. Not for any specific thing other than the fact that God is good! As I was reading the story of Lot’s escape from Sodom I was reminded of the fear that sometimes overcomes us in the face of stress, or danger. Lot and his family had to be led by the hand out of the city, forcing him to leave. Lot, not realizing at that time, that God was saving his life! Feeling forced to leave a place or a situation is extremely uncomfortable. Yet as uncomfortable and stressful as it can be our faith in God should encourage us to allow Him to lead us out of that dark place or situation because it will in fact save our lives. If we must look back, look back on God’s mercy. Look back on God’s grace.
Just finished watching “Jesus Christ Superstar” Awesome Musical based on the Rock Opera! Purposely told through the perceived eyes of Judas Iscariot, practically every fear known to man portrayed from every voice in this story of the Gospel and if truth is to be told within us we can find a bit of our selves in every voice. The musical begins with a frustrated Judas in red and just before Jesus is raised on the cross, Judas descends from above dressed in white yet with the same frustrations, still not understanding that to live one must die. Although we may suffer some of Judas’ frustrations we don’t have to live that way. Believe , Jesus has already paid the price. He has given us Pentecost (gift of the Holy Spirit) to help remind us. Let the Spirit of God sing out.
Acts 2:1-21 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Lent: Day 36 – “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. John 12:20-36
Absolutely, no turning back! In this instance, a troubled soul is confirmation. Others want us to believe that God has forsaken us, but the enemy is a liar! For the enemy of life seeks every opportunity to attack the human nature of fear and doubt. It is then however that we can be assured that the hour of God’s glory is come. Keep walking!
John 12:20-36 Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness (fear, doubt, etc.) may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness (fear, doubt, etc.), you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light…
1 Corinthians 1:18-31 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…
God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.