2021_08_23 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Luke 12
My heart has been so heavy this week as I’ve thought and prayed for the people of Haiti and Afghanistan. The pictures and videos that I’ve seen have been heartbreaking. But then, a couple of verses in Luke 12 brought me to an abrupt stop:
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
In my prayers, I have cried out to God, “Father, if we are worth so much to You, what about the people in Haiti and Afghanistan? How could you allow this to happen?” My honest prayer to my Father may shock you, but I believe with all my heart that God invites me to come to Him in honesty with my questions as well as my praise. The picture that immediately came to mind during this prayer was of Jesus, weeping at the tomb of Lazarus even though He KNEW He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead (see John 11:1-44). I believe that the same Jesus that wept for Lazarus also weeps for the people of Haiti and Afghanistan.
Terrible, horrendous things happen in our world, the world that God lovingly spoke into existence. Ultimately, we can say that all the bad that occurs results from sin entering our world. Although I believe that is true, it feels incomplete. There are many things about God that I do not understand and that I can’t fully grasp. But the things that I do know, I cling to in times like this. God is all-knowing, all-wise, and all-present. If I could completely understand His ways, He wouldn’t be much of a God because I am none of those.
Last week I wrote about Jesus reprimanding the religious leaders for lacking generosity, justice, and love. Jesus gives us opportunities every day to live those out with the people around us. This week we will be giving you opportunities to help the people of Haiti and Afghanistan in tangible ways. Jesus’ people are called to be generous people. I hope you will provide what you can.
We have God’s promise that one day He will make all things right:
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4 NIV
But until that time, God often works through you and me. God is the compassionate father we will read about in Luke 15, welcoming His prodigals home. So, let’s pray diligently for our world and be open to what God might ask of us.
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