For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers, against the powers,
against the world forces of this darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
When I was little, my dad taught me to pat my head and rub my tummy at the same time. I could do it and he was so proud of me.
I remember it clearly. It was easy. But seeing how pleased he was delighted me even further. So, of course I grew up wanting to please him.
That is a memory I carried with me all my life. Doing two things concurrently. Perceived success!
As I placed my glass to get running water from the refrigerator recently, I wondered why the stream was so low. Two other sources of water were already being used, so I considered that it might be more efficient to fill my glass later when the pressure flow returned to its normal state.
After all, my internal stopwatch was running. And although I wanted clean water, I also needed to get other things done.
So, I put myself on hold.
And there it was.
It can be so difficult not to feel despair and sadness when witnessing the destruction and heartbreak in the aftermath of the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, and even all of the other turmoil around the globe. You may even be questioning your faith in times like this… “Where is God in all of this?” “When will the misery end for mankind?”
As we experience tribulations in this world, suffering, sickness and death, and natural catastrophes, let us remember the people of God around the world and keep them in our prayers.
In the future, the trials around the world will be even worse than these.
How will we react and handle things then?
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17
Before the new heavens and the new Earth, a righteous prophet described a rebellious people. Isaiah 65 (read verse 16 with 17).
From where the prophet Isaiah finished chapter 65, we continue hope in chapter 11.
It takes some of us a while.
We hear, seem to understand, start to commit, and then we forget.
Almighty God richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17
Or do you?
The Word of God?
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17