I’ve discovered over time that wrath isn’t really an option for humans. It comes back on us! Evil simply begets more evil. I like many people have suffered many things. Life was never promised to be perfect (even though it seems more perfect for some than others). There is a fine line between walking in faith and doubting in faith which is easily crossed by our actions. It’s not easy to regain the part of ourselves that gets lost in acts of vengeance. We are not created to be at odds with one another. Let God’s reprisal be our defender, but let us also be careful that we not become among the offenders, for who among the imperfect can raise a hand against God? Our arms are too short and our trespasses too long.
…since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 11:32-12-2 In honor of Black History Month, this sentence of scripture has great meaning for me. I am reminded of my own personal cloud of witnesses first and foremost my mother. While my own struggles could not possibly compare with her experiences through the latter part of the civil rights movement, she faithfully forged her way through. It’s because of her and so many others in my own heritage and ancestry that I understand what it means to be a part of that cloud. My eyes have seen what my mother’s eyes did not get to see. Prayerfully, my children’s eyes will see what I may never see. For me I believe we live to share the stories, the hopes and the dreams of the Kingdom and with God’s help one day we will find ourselves walking with them among the clouds. Praise be to God! Whose in your cloud?
I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 1 John 1:15 From the rising of the sun to its setting, faith builds upon faith. We teach our children and our children’s children and where we began is where we end; in faith. Otherwise, why the journey? Otherwise, the struggle wins. Yet in faith, our victory is already won. What ever it is you’ve been longing to do, take no more excuses, take up your mat and walk (John 5:1-15). Trust that what you have asked of God will come to pass and allow your resolution of faith to be lived out in all that you do.
If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” Matthew 21:1-11 I love it! No debate necessary. Everything Jesus has asked of his disciples is to fulfill the scriptures. Our first challenge with the question of “why” is usually brought on by our children. Often we start out trying to explain and out of frustration we end up saying “Because I said so.” We sometimes forget that we ask our children to do things because we know that it will protect or benefit them in some way. In our spiritual journey we will be challenged as to the life we’ve chosen in Christ. I like the purpose behind that non-debateable answer that Jesus gives. So next time anyone asks I’ll just say this; “I’m living out my life in faith, according to the scriptures in which I was called.