Out from the darkness

Being jobless and self-isolated for the time being may mean more time on your hands and may eventually lead to boredom and spending countless hours in front of your television or at your computer, perhaps surfing the internet gaming, passing the hours linking toasters, cellphones, and coffee makers to your internet connection.  Or you shrugged a bit and tried something altogether different like baking some killer cupcakes, or something like that, anyway.  Going to the neighbourhood grocer, you may have been surprised to find basic baking ingredients such as flour and yeast were mostly gone from shelves, probably gobbled up by customers for some full-flavoured baked goods.    Anyway, you are in the kitchen and about to start but realize that lighting from the ceiling might be ok to crack open tinned goods or peel back frozen dinner wrappings, but not so good to read minusculed print on the pasted recipe on the back of the label,  So what do you do next?  If you have luminous led ceiling bulbs, than you aim them toward the counter space where immediately all your ingredients, actually the entire counter-space is flooded iridescent light, making food preparation and recipe reading that much easier.  Of course this article is not about your hands white with flour, but lets me put all this into perspective regarding something far more pressing like once this interruption to our lives due to the corolla virus ends, hopefully it does, what about the rest of your life?  For a moment, let us see light as a metaphor to address this very question.

    Light is often used as a metaphor in the Bible meaning truth.  Truth may not be appreciated by those who harbour lies and deceit, but it is what Jesus teaches us to embrace.    Throughout the Bible we are given grounds to live  differently than what we had been doing before our lives were changed by the gospel.  This spiritual transformation is that which Christ meant when He said “the truth will set you free.”  The message of the cross tells us that a man must be saved before he will be accepted into heaven, where both forgiveness and repentance are essential truths if we are to be prepared for what is still ahead.  In the book of Hebrews, it speaks of a heavenly call,  referring to a Christians final resting place in heaven.   For  now we experience the peace and assurance of God`s Presence, but we will know it completely once we enter heaven and enjoy His Glorious Being .  Our hope is not buried in some faint unreadable print on the back of religious literature, too hard to figure out, but given in clear unmistakable language from sacred texts for all of us to see and understand.   Again, in Hebrews, where we learn about Israel`s rebellious acts against the Lord and by His Sworn Oath were denied entry into Canaan where after thirty-eight years of wandering in the desert died.  God says to us today, that the rest once promised to Israel is still available to us today.   

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. (Heb.4:1)

“Therefore” is a conjunctive adverb that connects to what previously went on in chapter 3.  In  that the Hebrews failed to trust God, which resulted in an entire generation being denied entry into the Promised Land, than Israel of the Old Testament becomes a lesson for us of what happens when  God`s offer of salvation is rejected.  

  If you wish to avoid a future without Christ in the here beyond, in which,  if we continue in our sins and fail to trust Him for salvation, eternity will be spent in hell, you should consider your current situation.  You should take stock of the influences that currently affect your view of life.  You have have time so why not pick up your Bible and begin reading.   Let the light of Scripture clarify your current understanding about life and what is important.   Can there be any more pressing issue in your life than not knowing where you will spend eternity?   Read the Bible and you may be surprised by what you will find out.   May God enable you to see His truth for yourself, and lead you to His Dear Son, Jesus Christ that you may be converted.   

For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.  Psalm18:28 

The Great Need of the Hour

Hard to see how an epidemic can be understood as a positive step for mankind.  None that is who wishes to leave God out of it. From the past God has and continues to work His Will in our lives even through hard times.  History has demonstrated that plagues and pestilences were part of God’s plan to reach mankind by making ourselves predisposed to what He has to tell us.  Our response to pandemics can be a learning curve if we accept our own frailty and God’s Majestic Power and Wisdom. In light of recent happenings, let no one accuse God of being unloving, which most often is the case when our knowledge of our God and ourselves are not taken into account.  Looking back in history, when God first created His earth and the human race, Adam, the first man and his wife were to obey God and live in fellowship with Him. Yet, Eve chose not to and Adam joined her in her disobedience; the consequences of which has infected all of creation and still today, is felt.  Men everywhere have been implicated in this rebellion. Everything in our universe has been tainted and corrupted by sin, especially true of what is happening today. The Corona Virus is well documented, and so was Ebola, SARS. HIV a slower moving pandemic, and HiINi which killed 100 million of the world’s population in less than two years and reappeared later in 2009, then it was identified as the Swine Flu,  but this time with less devastating effects. Epidemics, sickness and disease, plagues and pestilences (referred to in Biblical terms) is the outcome of sin. In many instances, man had limited power to control the spread and consequences of these pandemics. It can and has brought normal life to a stand still. Although governments are trying to limit the health and economic consequences of this current epidemic by spending billions of dollars, we read in Psalms 146:3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.”

While many scoff God out of ignorance and His power and right to rule our lives, this epidemic is an incredible Act of God, whereas man`s attempts to control it, cannot succeed without God`s intervention.   Make no mistake about it, though disease and death are the consequences of our sinful past, ultimately it is God’s infinite power that holds this infinite epidemic in check. The blame for corruption in the world does not rest with God since He is not the author of sin, but ours alone.  We should be on our knees praying for restoration of both our own fallen spiritual state as well as stability for our land. A call for National Repentance is certainly needed at this moment in our history. God has moved His Hand and the world has been rendered almost helpless, what will we do if He brings greater judgment on our world?  Yet, God has shown great restraint by showing us what it can be like for us, if He did fully make known His Wrath against our sins, Yet, there is hope, if we turn from our rebellious ways and return to Him.  

   In our hope and prayers that our leaders acknowledge God and seek divine intercession on our behalf, we are also reminded about our own corruption and need for salvation.  As individuals the gospel message is to teach each of us to trust in God’s Son for forgiveness of our sin and turn from them that we may be delivered from an even greater judgment then what we are experiencing now.  To reverse the curse of the fall in your life and its consequences, eternal hell fire, you must seek God’s grace which is aptly demonstrated in His Son when He died for His Elect on the Cross of Calvary. The great need of the hour is for you to sincerely seek Him yourself for He is the only One who can save you and give you the peace to make it through to the the other side either here on earth and to heaven!

 

A Word of Warning!

Hebrews 2:2,3

For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward (punishment, mine), how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

An Invitation to Safety

Psalm 61:2-4

From the ends of the earth I call out to You whenever my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been my refuge, a tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. 

Joel 3:16
The LORD will roar from Zion and raise His voice from Jerusalem; heaven and earth will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for His people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.

Proverbs 18:10
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe