21 August 2012

Tuesday Thoughts

“I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8 (NIV)*

With all that's going on in the world, it's an increasingly scary place. It's very easy to get caught up in the politics, gossip, conspiracies, and all else that makes it so hard to get through the days.

Is the political scene in the U.S. out of control? It seems that way sometimes, and you could readily lose your way, going from blog to blog, article to article, this news headline and that. But God never told us to look at the circumstances; He said to keep our eyes on Him.

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:1-5, 14-15 NIV)

Don't lose your way in the events of the times in which we live. Keep your eyes - and your faith (your steadfast confidence in things not yet seen, but promised by and expected from God -
on Him. As it's written, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." (Hebrews 11:1)

No matter how awful the news is, He will see us through. The more we lean on Him, the more He takes care of us. Just get your eyes off of your circumstances. You hear so many say, "Well, I'm doing okay ... under the circumstances."  Who told you to put yourself under the circumstances?

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

“That is why I say to you, don’t worry about living—wondering what you are going to eat or drink, or what you are going to wear. Surely life is more important than food, and the body more important than the clothes you wear. Look at the birds in the sky. They never sow nor reap nor store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you much more valuable to him than they are? Can any of you, however much he worries, make himself an inch taller? And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They neither work nor weave, but I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was never arrayed like one of these! Now if God so clothes the flowers of the field, which are alive today and burnt in the stove tomorrow, is he not much more likely to clothe you, you ‘little-faiths’?
     “So don’t worry and don’t keep saying, ‘What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear?! That is what pagans are always looking for; your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart on the kingdom and his goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of course.
   “Don’t worry at all then about tomorrow. Tomorrow can take care of itself! One day’s trouble is enough for one day.” (Matthew 6:25-36, The Message, emphasis added)

* For those who prefer the King James translation, the verses follow:
  • I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (Ps. 16:8)
  • This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.  (...)  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:1-5, 14-15)
  • Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
  • Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16)
  • 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
    27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
    28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
    29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
    30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
    31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
    32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
    33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
    34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:26-34)


Jenny said...

It's okay - I peeked at the end of the book.

When it's all over, the good guys win. :p

Rev. Paul said...

Exactly my point: it's no use watching the losers to see what they're doing. :)

TinCan Assassin said...

Thank you, Holy Spirit, and you, Pastor, for the Word. It spoke to my heart, and made it leap. I now have to pray about implementing it, I'm not so good at this.

Rev. Paul said...

TinCan, I understand ... but think on this, please: the Lord didn't ask us to pray about these instructions. He said to do them.

Pray rather that He will give you the strength to do as He commanded. I believe He will do just that. :)