Music: “Money Money,” from Cabaret, performed by Judi Dench and Jonathan Pryce, Broadway to the West End 05: Cabaret, Jay Records, 2014.
Leo Tolstoy, “How Much Land Does A Man Need?” in What Men Live By and Other Tales, Aylmer and Louise Maude trans, Project Gutenberg EBook #6157, Joe Jurca and David Widger prod., June 13, 2009 (https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6157)
Do people share their most intimate thoughts and plans with anyone who asks? No; we prefer to share such things only with close companions who have proven themselves worthy of our trust. Why, then, should we expect our Creator to do differently? Perhaps, instead of asking God what will happen in the future, we should ask Him how we can be worthy of His confidence.
Isaiah 39:1-8; Jeremiah 29:10-14; Danial 5:31-6:12, 9:1-27; Matthew 24:15-22
We could call 2020 “the year of disaster,” but I prefer to call it “the year of opportunity.” Yes, terrible things have happened and are continuing to happen, but in times of trouble the people of God have opportunity to walk out what James calls “pure and undefiled religion.”
Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:27 TLV)
There are many ways to do this. Let me remind you of one more. Nearly six weeks ago, on August 4, 2020, a massive explosion rocked the city of Beirut. The devastation is still there. The people are still hurting. Those who are able to give aid are doing so, but their resources are stretched very thin. Please pray, and in praying ask if you can help in other ways.
Everyone goes through seasons of weakness and despair. The question is not how to avoid them, but how to get through them and move on to what our Creator has designed us to do. After all, it’s not just our own destiny at stake, but the destinies of others around us – and sometimes of entire nations.
1 Kings 19:1-18; Proverbs 28:12; Malachi 4:4-6; James 5:13-18