God Is Watching Over
I cannot think of a single human being, who is honest to any degree, declaring that he or she has never or does never sin. Sin is endemic to the human race, since Adam first disobeyed God and became controlled no longer by God’s law, but controlled by his own sinful passions and defeats.
Recently a family member was in the hospital literally battling for life. During one night, he had an unexpected bout with atrial fibrillation, which went on for over an hour. The doctor on call on the floor was contacted, and he ordered a drug, which ALWAYS has an adverse affect on my family member.
My mother tells a story of when she was very young, on her way to Africa as a missionary with her husband and 18 month old firstborn daughter. This was before America was at war in World War II, but because the ship they, and the other 120 plus missionaries were sailing on, had been a troop ship in World War I, its silhouette made it a target for the German navy.
We are living in a strange time of history, 2020, when the coronavirus has engulfed the whole world, bringing with it dismay, distancing, and in some cases despair. We are dismayed because no one really knows enough about this virus to tell us the truth.
Sometime in the very early morning hours of the day, I lay awake thinking about what it means to encourage our hearts, or to be encouraged, and the difference between encouragement and discouragement… my thoughts led to remembering the verses in 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, where we have this stunning declaration that our God is the God of ETERNAL ENCOURAGEMENT!
Today I was invited to participate in an online meeting in which a very dear friend had been invited to give her testimony of her spiritual journey, and all that God has done and continues to do in her life.
One of my requests to the Lord during this quarantine period of coronavirus is that He would reveal any hidden sins in my heart, which needed to be confessed and repented of. I say, “hidden,” because often, the heart being deceitful as it is, we are blinded to our own sins, and truly need the work of the Holy Spirit to reveal those sins in order for us to be free and clean before our God.
I am sure that most of you reading this will have lived through the year 2020. This was a year like no other in my memory, for many reasons, the main one being the great number of perplexities that we all have known. As I write this, we have now entered 2021, almost completing the first month of January...
This morning as I opened our living room drapes uncovering our large floor to ceiling window, as usual I was hurrying a bit to prepare breakfast, but as I looked out, my full attention was drawn to a couple of small birds in the yard hopping around as if they owned the place!...
Just a few minutes ago, I was told that an extended family member had said to his parents that he wanted to go to hell. I almost lost my breath, and had to cry out to the Lord the same cry that Jesus made on the cross, “Father, ...