The season’s festivities have already begun for another Holy Day celebrating our Lord’s miraculous birth! He is Emmanuel, God with us; here to bring us into fellowship with the Father. Bless the day of His arrival to Bethlehem!
The season’s greetings and celebrations this year, more than ever, will be shrouded by a cloud thoughts and feelings of terror and fear. Our reality almost every day is some form of violent and tragic incidents inflicted upon innocent everyday people somewhere in the world. We’re all afraid that one day it may be our town, our neighborhood, or our family.
What are we to do in the light of all of these harsh realities and deep rooted feelings of fear? What are we to say in the face of the world’s cynicism, hopelessness, and fear?
Isaiah faced a lost nation with the same desperate inquiry: “A voice says, ‘Cry!’ And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’” (Isaiah 40:6 ESV)
The answer is clear and powerful for a generation long removed from Isaiah’s reality: “Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength; O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Behold your God!’ Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for Him; behold, His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.” (Isaiah 40:9-10 ESV)
Listen to His promise to a people lost under pretentious religious formality, insensitive consideration of their own countrymen, and where wickedness abounded. It is a word fresh with life for a new millennial age of skepticism, unbelief, fear, and moral bankruptcy. “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to Him who has no might He increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31 ESV)
It is an old and familiar word to the church! Above all, it is relevant to where we stand in the midst of terrorist violence that is being imposed upon the entire world. We are all vulnerable in this global reality. As Christians, we are also blessed that our God is still on the throne and changes not. He is both aware of these latest happenings among us and He has us on His mind to care for us whether alive or facing death.
Choose Him today, as His promises still live with assurance and power for these days of uncertainty. Our strength is in the Lord!
The American Electorate has made its choices in the 2014 Midterm Elections. Many rejoice tonight in what are viewed as successful campaigns to get into office people and platforms considered most attractive to voters. Others are sorrowing tonight at the notion that the opposition has prevailed and resulting change can be anticipated. And, it doesn’t really matter which side you’re on! Everyone will be affected by America’s choice and will have to endure ‘big government,’ ‘fiscal irresponsibility,’ or ‘want their government back.’ Whatever the rhetoric, we will all have to wait!
Not only did voters make their choice in this election. God made His choice in this election to raise to power the leadership in this land. Those choices will begin serving out their terms in January as the President of the United States continues his second term. (Romans 13:1-2)
And, quite honestly, God’s voice will resound most profoundly than the electorate or the familiar voices that have facilitated more polarizing than unifying of the nation. One of our biggest challenges will be to overcome the use of the church’s pulpits to espouse or confirm ideologies, philosophies, agendas, policies so strongly that one could conclude that Jesus was more a politician than a preacher from Galilee. God’s voice must be heard from the people who declare themselves His spokespersons in His church!
Ultimately, no person can serve without God’s blessing, an idea most often overlooked. And it seems like there are more and more entering state legislative bodies, Congress, governorships, judgeships, etc with little understanding that they are accountable to not only an electorate of voters, but the One greater than the electorate. There is a day of reckoning for all of those entrusted with leading and representing the interests of taxpayers and voters.
Assuredly, a few more days will reveal what was really won and what was really lost in this 2014 version of Midterm elections. And in the end, everyone involved will receive their just reward!
We shall see!