Tomorrow is the Lord's Day and I am glad. We've been bombarded with news, news, and more news. Worries, worries, and more worries. There are so many issues and so little prayer. I feel convicted that my prayers have been hindered. I fear that various concerns and convictions may be causing me to not pray as I should, especially for our government leaders. I need to give all of these issues over to God. I mean, really give them over to Him. He knows all and He alone is sovereign. He knows exactly what He is doing here in our country and in us as individuals.
We've suffered so little while all over this world so many of our brethren are being persecuted daily. Maybe for Christians here to have to struggle more is good for us. In fact, I know it is. The latest from Voice of the Martyrs Persecution blog is "Three Christians Dead in Eritrean Prisons," which is just one of the many stories from around the world of the sorrows and hardships that many of our brethren face daily. How dare I fret and complain about the petty grievances that I have from day to day. Sure, some of the concerns are serious ones, but am I lifting them up to God in the right spirit? I'm afraid that often I'm not.
So, my dear friends, pray for me and with me. Pray for our suffering fellow believers all around the world. Many of them have a faith that puts mine to shame. Pray for America. If the worries that many have over the fact that things are going to be more difficult for Christians are legitimate, perhaps the purpose of God is to make us have a stronger faith. Actually, I'm all for that.
The following is one of my all time favorite passages of Scripture. When we want to question what God's doing in a particular situation or set of events, this one is perfect to open up to and pray back to Him. I'm confessing here and now that I need to meditate on it more.
I hope your Lord's Day is blessed in Him tomorrow.
Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, andhis ways past finding out!
For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.