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It’s Been Too Long

And… I don’t really know what to write. I know you are all afraid; well not all of you, but many of you are afraid of what is going on in the world right now. Wars and rumors of wars; earthquakes; famine; drought; floods and fire. Pretty apocalyptic stuff happening all over the world. One of my friends has said things like this have always gone on all around the world, and she’s right, but in the past we didn’t hear about this stuff. At least we didn’t hear about it all day, every day, 24/7 on the radio, TV, newspapers, our phones, and our computers. We are bombarded with  information all the time. It is wearisome and stressful. I for one, have stopped watching TV news. My brain can’t handle all the bad news. The media (all the media) insists on making it worse than it is, and it is bad enough without their help. How much calmer this world would be if they weren’t allowed to project their hysteria for at least one day a week? What if we could go back to making Sunday a day of rest?

AND… Do you think God didn’t know this was going to happen? Did you think He was sleeping while this disease spread across the world? Of course not. God has this whole thing in His hands. But do not think God sent this disease on us. This is the work of the other team. The team who wants to destroy God’s creation, and the captain of that team has done a good job of mucking things up. COVID19 is not the worst thing he’s sent. Back 100 years ago, there was the Spanish Flu. It actually came out of China, too, but back then they didn’t have computers to help track things. Millions of people died, and it was right at the end of World War I. Around 40 million people died as a result of that war. That is a pandemic. That 40 million includes military and civilians across Europe and the rest of the world. Up to another 50 million may have died in the aftermath of the Spanish Flu from 1918 to 1920.

But now! Now we can hear about the wars, we can watch the fires on TV, and get earthquake reports on our computers. There are a few people out there doing kind things, but not nearly enough to change the way this world is descending into… well, I don’t know for sure what to call this mess, but I know this one thing: God is saddened by the fall of mankind. He is saddened when we are selfish and cruel to one another. At the same time, He gives us a way out. In Ezekiel 33:11 God says this:

11 Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’

God doesn’t promise everyone a long life on this plane of existence. He doesn’t promise everyone a life (on this earth) free of pain, grief, or illness. What He promises is we will live (spiritually) if we turn away from sin. God told this to the Hebrews throughout the Old Testament and He told it to them again during the time Jesus was in His ministry, and He told the Hebrews and the Gentiles, again, when the Apostles went out to spread the Good News. The news that Messiah has come and offers us salvation. The news that we are to not fear. God’s Hope and Blessing has come to make us new again.

God wants you to trust Him and not fear. You only have to believe in Jesus and accept Him as Lord of your life. Things may not change immediately, or radically, but things will change as you become a new creature in Christ. The more you trust that God is good, the better your outlook will be. Regardless of disease, regardless of earthquakes, or fire, God holds you in the palm of His hand. I am not talking about that puny god who has a statue built for him. I am talking about the ALMIGHTY God, the beginning and the end, the Lord Creator of all existence. Just trust. Just breathe.

2 thoughts on “It’s Been Too Long”

  1. Well done Cuz! Gee, for someone who didn’t know what to say you sure said a lot! And all of it true, too! Love you! Jo

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