Father, at times life’s circumstances can be daunting. Things don’t go as we would like them to and sometimes we feel stuck but we are only seeing the here and now. You, Father, see it all – every possibility – all the way to the end of our life here on earth. I, at times, have to repeatedly lay it all at Your feet…but You know best. I trust You to do what You will with what I have to offer. Amen.
Matthew 11:20-26 (<<click the green)
I have heard it said in Christian circles that if our country isn’t made to pay for its rampant wickedness that God will need to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah for the destruction they received for their own wickedness. We are not told in Scripture how long God bore with their sin. We are not told how many times and in what ways He tried to turn them from their wickedness.
In Jonah’s story, we are given a glimpse of God’s concern for those who have nothing to do with him. The city of Nineveh finally reached the end of God’s patience (and I, from personal experience, know that his love is long-suffering – to say the least!) and called Jonah to proclaim His pending judgment. Jonah was less than willing, to say the least, but finally went and warned them of their pending doom. And God’s love won out. They saw their depravity and repented of their sins and God’s wrath was withheld.
How long will God allow us as a nation to travel down this path of wickedness? Only He knows but I will do my part to bring others into a saving knowledge of a forgiving Savior. Lord, give me the courage and the wisdom I need. I would pray for a burning sense of urgency…for the days are short and Your coming is near. Amen.
Apr 4th, 2018, Wed, 10:16 am