17 He is before all things,
and by him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17 CSB)
Things feel like they are falling apart right now. We are all facing a situation where the outcome is unclear.
More than ever we need to remember that “all thing hold together” by and in Christ. He comes before all things and will guide us through all things.
Thus, as He holds this together we must hold together even as we are apart.
Each morning give your day to Him and each evening thank him for seeing you through that day.
14 But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14 CSB)
There is much in this life that demands our attenion. There is much that we each may have to boast about in life. There is much in life that will distract us from the important.
We tend to focus on the imminent to the exclusion of the important.
However, there is but one thread that weaves through all we encounter on a daily basis. That is the cross and what is symbolizes in our lives. Thus, if there is anything we should boast about, that should permeate the world around us it is this, the Lord Jesus Christ.
16 Though a righteous person falls seven times,
he will get up,
but the wicked will stumble into ruin. (Proverbs 24:16 CSB)
My dad always said, “The measure of a man is not how many times he gets knocked down, it’s how many times he gets up.”
My parents were depression era and if anyone knew how to keep standing it was the people who lived through that. My prayer is that we do not see this happen again, but it could come to pass. However, like back then, we have a God who never changes and who will see us through the most difficult times.
We must just continue to stand up.
4 Peter, along with John, looked straight at him and said, “Look at us.” 5 So he turned to them, expecting to get something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I don’t have silver or gold, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!” (Acts 3:4-6 CSB)
When we are in a difficult state it can be hard to look others in the eye. We will often tell our tale with eyes downcast. Others may avert their eyes in shame or pity as well.
In our scripture when a lame begger was calling upon Peter and John they did something quite different. They looked at the man and commanded he look at them. This was a point of recognition and respect to the begger.
Then they gave him far more than silver or gold, they gave him back the use of his legs. They met a far bigger need and in doing so showed him Christ through their actions.
I was taught from a very young age that no matter what you look a man in the eye. In good or bad you meet someone’s gaze out of respect and as my father put it, “Son, you are no better nor no worse than any man out there.” There is both a humble acceptance and a strength of character conveyed in this act. But most importantly, there is respect.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us . . . (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)
Our lot in life may look very different from one another. However, no matter what our lot is, we were not appointed to wrath. God sent Jesus to die for our sins and has now given us a new life to lead. Once we have obtained salvation we are to tread a new path, go a new direction. One that leads to life and not to death.
These words can be lost on some people. They do not understand Christ death and reserection. They only know what is in front of them. It is to these that we must take on Christ mantle and show them the love they may have never known.
It is for this, during our time on this earth, we were appointed a new path.
11 For consider how much diligence this very thing—*this Godly sorrow*—has produced in you: what a desire to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what deep longing, what zeal, what justice! In every way you showed yourselves to be pure in this matter. (1 Corinthians 7:11 CSB)
Typically we do not get to experience a good form of sorrow. However, in this passage we see that there can be goo from “Godly sorrow”.
A Godly sorrow can produce change within us that we can look forward to. It can turn us from the negative aspects of our past and change us for the better. Thus, when we have a Godly sorrow we experience two emotions; sorrow over what we have been doing, and gladness that we have the opportunity to change.
God provides us a positive outcome to our grieving.
*NIV translation from CSB “this grieving of God wills”
2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the human race[a]
to see if there is one who is wise,
one who seeks God. (Psalm 14:2 CSB)
We wait with anticipation to see how global events will turn out. There is an end to this and we will come out of it, but today there is much fear and concern.
But do we look too fervently to man’s solution?
Now is a time for us to seek God and know that it is his hand that will rise up the wise. We should be praying for wisdom, both for the leaders who must help the world through this and for our own wisdom in facing it.
Know that God is looking for the wise and also providing the wisdom in both cases. He is looking to those who keep a level head and seek his will in all things.