So many companies have a mission statement, but how many of those companies derived their mission statement from God?
I was reading in Daniel 6 today and could not help but notice how God seemed to speaking to me. Right now I am like Daniel. I have a choice of whom or what to serve and try to devote myself to God. It occurred to me though how much the king was watching Daniel. You can almost hear the king saying to himelf “please oh please deliver Daniel…please oh please be real God of Daniel!!”. The scripture in Daniel 6:18-20 really helps paint the picture. The king can’t even sleep!
Now to bring this back to where you and I are in today’s world…Imagine how many people could be just like King Darius in todays world. They look at us going through some crazy and scary circumstances and the whole time they are looking, hopeing, and looking for our God whom we say we believe in to come through and deliver us or comfort us or get us through our circumstances. How awesome…scratch that…how life changing would it be for that unbeleiving but hopefully doubting person to realize “that He is the livng God and he edures forever…He rescues and He saves…”. That is what I can’t stop thinking about right now. No wonder the devil hits you at certain times when you are on top of the world spiritually. He wants to destroy us. Lord let us realize people are watching and some are hopeing that what we say is true…that our God does live ad deliver and save and change us! I pray that they melt from realizing that their one tiny hope turned out to be true.
“There is no one like our God…for greater things are yet to come…and greater things are still to be done in this city…you are the God of this city.”
What in the world was my friend thinking? How can someone grow up surrounded by faith and then just think about leaving it all for the world. ” Why can’t I have it”, he would ask, the world that is. I am reminded that once again it is not our parents faith that we can live on. We have to have our own. We must make a decision whom or what we are going to follow. We will serve God or the world. I shared my decision moment(s) of comparing the what the world had for me Vs God. I can only pray that he got what I was saying. What in the world could cause someone to want to give up everything they have in Christ for the world. Then I asked myself this question. – What if I didn’t know Christ? What in the world…can save us…only Jesus. Only Jesus. I told him to cling to the cross and focus on Jesus…the world is only a facade and its pleasures are short lived. What in the world did I do to deserve a Saviour this awesome? Nothing.
“Peace I leave with you…”. When I think about this verse I think of true peace. When I read about the disciples and apostles in acts, I think about what the word “peace” meant to them. They were not living in fear but they certainly had the right too. After all they surely heard about the persecution in the church and they had been told by Jesus that it was not going to be easy in the coming ages. So what’s this peace that they felt?
I believe God has given me a really good illustration to help me understand the “peace” that he was talking about. When I lived with my parents, there was constant strife and stress and well junk…going on that the moment you walked in you felt burdened. So much struggle and stress and pain makes its home in that house. Moving out for me was a huge burden lifted. At times I felt like it was my job to hold everything together…there was no peace! Now though, as I sit here in my chair looking out the window of the house we are renting I am feeling an enormous “peace” about everything. While the finances are sketchy, I am at “peace”. While my feelings of longing to meet the woman who will become my future wife and best friend sometimes grow into frustration, I am at “peace”. I am learning that “peace” comes from learning to trust God. And I think when we realize that Christ is in control we start to realize the “peace” that the disciples must have felt. We have a God “with us” … when we realize that….how can we not have “peace”?