Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Unsettled and Unsetteling

There is a hope in this world that is 180 degrees out of phase with the hope of Christians. Fragments of hope, so called, are couched in words like politics, peace talks, negotiations, disarmament, United Nations, science, Democrat, Republican, and elections, to name but a few.
But then comes the vomitus of the news.
Disgorged into our homes and the relative quietude of our lives, is the daily delivery of the work of Satan and his minions the world over. There will be no listing of events here because most probably the reader has already heard or seen the what and where.
It is enough to say that there is distress among the nations of the world. Hannity of Fox News (called Faux News by some) tosses out the phrase, "Let not you heart be troubled," as an opener to political commentary. He is quoting Christ [John 14:1] but very probably with a political rather than spiritual intent...I believe...regardless of  where the spin begins or ends.
The equation of the denouement of this world was written before creation and the Word of God will be thoroughly proven as the world contues to unravel to its final unraveling.
Safety is not found in gold (no apology to Gordon Liddey) nor real estate (that's clear enough) nor in the assurances of politicians (whether Pelosi or Palin). (That's an admitted stretch of comparison).
Christ clearly tells us why and where to store our Treasure: "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." [Matthew 6:19-21]
The world is suffering. God's people are suffering and it may soon be moreso. Paul suffered; he was well acquainted with prisions, beatings, cold, hunger, weariness, shipwreck, opposition, and ridicule. Hear his words to the Romans, store them in your heart and mind, and let them give you courage while it is called Today: "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." [Romans 8:18]
Blessings in Christ in abundance. e.c.

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