My friend, may I ask you a question? Was there was a time when only a few things satisfied our hope, whereas today we live in an age when it just takes a lot more things to bring the same level of satisfaction? Perhaps the reason is because the very things in which we place our hope are often the same things that obscure our ability to find satisfaction?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
There was a time when a man’s hope was simple, to live in peace with his neighbors and that there would be enough food on the table to reasonably satisfy hunger for another day. Hope was simpler then and much more reasonable than many of the things we hope for today. Whereas there was a time when only a few things satisfied our hope, today we live in an age when it just takes a lot more things to bring the same level of satisfaction.
Perhaps the reason is because the very things in which we place our hope are often the same things that obscure our ability to find satisfaction.
Here’s a story: “Two men were once discussing why it is that you cannot see the stars by day. The stars are still there; the distance is not greater by day than by night; why, then, can’t these mighty lamps be seen by day? One man maintained that they could be seen if one went far enough down in a well. The other denied the proposition but permitted himself to be lowered into the well. After he had been lowered a certain distance, he was asked if he could see the stars, and said, ‘No.’ Still farther down the same question was asked, with the same answer. But when he had been lowered to a great depth, then, looking up toward the heavens, he said he was able to see the stars. Go down deep enough into a well, and you can see the stars by day.” (Macartney’s Illustrations, pp.398.)
To those who are willing to cooperate with God, and to want for themselves the things which God wants for them, the deep well of adversity and trouble is a place where they can see the stars of the spiritual heavens and know that in all and above all and through all there is God. As we stand at the bottom of life’s well, knee-deep in everyday turmoil and frustration, we can rest assured that we are not alone. God knows we are down there. He’s taken notice and will lift us out. In the meantime it is good to remember that it is in our troubles, life’s pits, through which God works the greater good. This is the simple basis for our hope and gives us the ability to see His goodness whether in the darkness or the light.
We pray. Heavenly Father, wake our hearts, minds, souls and strength; deliver us God. Convict us and deliver us from our hearts attachment to evil and what it does in promising freedom security, power and enjoyment. We need to wake up to what Christ has finished for us; to persevering in holding onto our faith. Please lead us into what you have prepared for us as believers. Father, deliver us from the lie that we don’t need to do anything about evil other than avoid it. Wake us up to willing obedience, and to seeing that overcoming evil is essential; that overcoming is faith in the blood of Jesus and loving not our lives on earth. Father purify our hearts to love you alone and call out evil wherever and whenever we find it. May we never be silent, never be willing to walk away from what we know is wrong in Your sight. In Jesus name. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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