Wednesday, February 14, 2007

This Ain't It!

Our God is a God of Hope. Though troubling times come, in the end He always prevails. Even as we studied the scriptures tonight (Psalm 37), we were reminded not to focus on the temporary, but the eternal.

In reading some emerging blogs and writers recently, I have found they emphasize making an impact now. They are worried that the church is too heavenly minded, and not doing enough earthly good. I think we need to be about earthly good, and I hope to make an impact myself, but a few events and scriptures have pushed me back to a heavenly mind in recent days.

First a boy from our local high school died in a car crash this past week. The pastor who would be presiding over the funeral was broken, and yet he knew that this life is not the end. He knew that we must look past the now, to what God has in store for those who are fully committed to him. If all we have is the here and now, we are in big trouble. Or to quote the Apostle Paul...
1 Corinthians 15:19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
Then from Psalm 37 tonight we were reminded about the impact of the wicked. I would encourage you to read the whole Psalm. They will fade away like beauty in a field, like the grass. God is bringing everlasting joy to His own. Let's do our best to bring the kingdom here, but let's remind one another (To quote E.V. Hill) "This Ain't It!"

Here are the verses that stuck out to me while reading Is 51 tonight.
11 The ransomed of the LORD will return.

They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

12 "I, even I, am he who comforts you.
Who are you that you fear mortal men,
the sons of men, who are but grass,

13 that you forget the LORD your Maker,
who stretched out the heavens
and laid the foundations of the earth,
that you live in constant terror every day
because of the wrath of the oppressor,
who is bent on destruction?
For where is the wrath of the oppressor?

Why do we fear man? God is the great comforter. The one who stretched out the heavens - He is in control.

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