Published by Deborah Negron
September 6, 2021
We take a look at the headlines and honestly, things appear to have taken a turn for the worst in the minds of many.
The Bible says,
For we know that the whole creation has been moaning together as in the pains of childbirth until now.
Romans 8:22 AMP
Creation itself seems desperate because of all the turmoil around us. News of people being oppressed. News of people becoming angry when laws that protect lives are made. Anger over decisions made by those who are corrupt and do not see the error of their ways. Even unexplained plagues and algae that harms people.
Come on if we focus on these things it is no wonder that depression has been on the rise. It’s no wonder that suicide has also been on the rise. Divorce and children being sexually trafficked seems to be heard more frequently.
So where o we look? Where can we go to find good news? Where is their a respite for our minds and our broken hearts?
Where can we go? Where can we turn?
When all else fails, let us turn to the one who is able to cause healing to come. Let us look to the God of our forefathers. Let us turn to the God of heaven who alone can save.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills [of Jerusalem]— From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
We can look to the one who can cause our feet to stumble no more.
I waited patiently for the LORD; And he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: Many shall see it, and fear, And shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, And respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O LORD my God, Are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, And thy thoughts which are to us-ward: They cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.
There is the story if Solomon when he remembered the instructions of his Father David. He went and fulfilled the desire of his father to build the Lord a temple. The story is found in 1 Kings 5.
Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram had always been a friend of David. Then Solomon sent word to Hiram, saying, “You know that David my father could not build a house (temple) for the Name (Presence) of the Lord his God because of the wars which surrounded him, until the Lord put his enemies under his feet. But now that the Lord my God has given me rest [from war] on every side, there is neither adversary nor misfortune [confronting me]. Behold, I intend to build a house (temple) to the Name of the Lord my God, just as the Lord said to my father David: ‘Your son whom I will put on your throne in your place shall build the house for My Name and Presence.’ So now, command that they cut cedar trees from Lebanon for me, and my servants will join your servants, and I will give you whatever wages you set for your servants. For you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the men of Sidon.” When Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly and said, “Blessed be the Lord this day, who has given David a wise son [to be king] over this great people.” So Hiram sent word to Solomon, saying, “I have heard the message which you sent to me; I will do everything you wish concerning the cedar and cypress timber. My servants will bring the logs down from Lebanon to the [Mediterranean] sea, and I will have them made into rafts to go by sea to the place (port) that you direct me; then I will have them broken up there, and you shall carry them away. Then you shall return the favor by providing food for my household.”
1 Kings 5:1-9
When ever we are faced with a future that appears uncertain, it is best to turn our hearts toward the instruction of the Lord. The desires of God for us are for good and not for evil.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When fear grips our hearts we can turn to the restorer of our souls.
Today we too, like Solomon, can build a house for the Lord. We can come and make a place for his dwelling. We can call on the Lord and he will hear us and answer our petitions.
if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
2 Chronicles 7:14-16
Today God does not abide in some physical structure. We can present our own bodies as a temple for the Lord to come in and live with us.
The greatest accomplishment of our lives is not what we can do outwardly but what God can do inwardly as we surrender our hearts to him.
When we acknowledge our sin and when we call on the name of the Lord, we position ourselves under the shadow of His protection. We are under the wings of the Most High.
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
It’s not to say that we will not suffer any hardship or sorrow. But rather we will experience His Presence and his peace in the midst of Adversity. In the middof the bad news , we will have a rest for our souls. Trials will come. This is a give in. But the power of the God of heaven will be with us. God’s Holy Spirit will sustain us in the hard days. He will empower us and give us the strength needed to go through the storms of life.
He will be our Shepherd and he will lead us and guide us, hold us and provide for us even in the midst of the darkness that we may face.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
We can look to the one who can do the impossible. Yes, I know what I am talking about. This is not some fairytale.
I have lived through some very difficult moments. From losing loved ones to living in a relationship where I was the victim. This is not some pie in the sky crutch.
God is able to bring us from darkness in to his glorious light. He is able to forgive our poor choices, our wayward thinking. He can forgive our rejection of him in the past. He can make us a new. We can be born again and experience Redemption, Salvation, Peace and Hope.
Oh come and know the Hope there is in God.
The Bible says,
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
We can choose The Gift of God today. We can be free of worry and despair. He will comfort us and console us. He will give us a new hope and a purpose.
Jesus came to save that which was lost. Through accepting his Virgin Birth, His work of the Cross as God’s Sacrificial Lamb, His payment for our Freedom and Believing in Him and The Power of His Resurrection; we can be saved. We can be forgiven. We can be made a new. We can b born again.
1 John 1:9 says,
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 KJV
God’s desire for you is to kno His Son and to be Made one with Him. He wants to come and restore you life and mine.
No hidden agendas, no ulterior motives. His purpose is to set us free.
We can have him abiding, living, residing and being a permanent, daily companion. He wants to mak us see how much he has lovd us. Won’t you make your heart his home?