Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” – Luke 2:34-35 (NIV)
then, is how you should pray: ‘Our
Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’” – Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)
I have a friend who lives in Highland Ranch, CO and her child goes to the high school where the shooting took place. They knew the underage shooter and classmates who were injured or killed. Yesterday, one of my grandchildren stayed home from school in Ft. Mill, SC because a written threat was posted that some of the kids would be saving the price of a lunch the next day!
For many years I have felt the LORD telling me that “things” were going to get very bad in this world. We, as Christ’s disciples, would have to walk our faith in many ways like the 1st century Church, trusting our Father God for each day’s needs. Trusting our Father when terrible things happen, even to Believers. (Remember how Jesus said we would have trouble in this world? John 16:33)
For many years, Henry and I have trusted God for food and clothing, utilities, things that I took for granted in my early adult life because I could provide them, even if it was with a credit card! This morning I am struck silent as I consider whether I trust God with the lives of my grandchildren.
As I began to pray I considered my words and I considered Jesus’ words and actions in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus asked for another scenario, another outcome for the mission He had been given. He was fully God but also fully human. He knew what His mission here on earth was. He knew the soldiers were coming for Him and the trial and punishment would be horrendous, ending in death. He showed us how to take our orders and how to walk on with faith and trust in Father God.
What will be my orders tomorrow? Next week? Next year? What mission will my grandchild be called to do for the Kingdom of God? What will be the cost?
The days ahead may be very difficult. I may be asked to be a part of missions that I would prefer to refuse. I may be praying for my children and grandchildren with all that I am. Am I convinced that my Father God will provide me with the bread I need for each day? The strength I need for the day? That His grace will always be sufficient? That His Hope will always, always be there for my tomorrow?
Faith and Trust … Teach me, Jesus.
God is our refuge and strength, an
ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
There is a river whose streams make
glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the
He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. – Psalm 46 (NIV)