Daily D – Jeremiah 32:26
The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: “Look, I am the LORD, the God over every creature. Is anything too difficult for me?
JEREMIAH 32:26 (CSB)
(Jeremiah 33:2, 3)
Haiti’s death toll from last week’s earthquake rises ever higher. As of this moment, it is over 1,200.
In Afghanistan, Taliban members go from home to home killing those who worked with Americans. Women and children are raped and turned into sex slaves and are forced into marriages to Taliban warriors.
A report yesterday tells us that due to the new variants of COVID, up to eighty percent of people now alive will come down with COVID up to two or three times in their lives.
It must be Monday.
Paul Harvey used to say, “In times like these, it’s good to remember there have always been times like these.” He was right. Those who know history, know how our world has endured similar catastrophes. In every age, there have been men and women who pushed through the pain and the problems to build a better world. Now it’s our turn.
The headlines and videos are nauseating. If you could write better headlines, what would you say? Here is a prayer prompt for today: Write those headlines and pray that way.
News media darlings and carefully curated pundits will assess blame in print and on screen. Pay little attention to such foolishness. Instead, listen and look for those who seek to bring solutions rather than blame. In a land you would have trouble finding on a map, a group of world leaders is meeting. They are seeking a preferred path forward through the mayhem, death, and disease we are now witnessing.
What headlines will you write for leaders like these? What prayers will you pray for them?
Mr. Rogers famously told us to look for the helpers on days like this. Indeed, look for them. Pray for them. Join them in bringing God’s peace, comfort, and healing. It is time for mature and wise men and women to step up and lead the way.
I will work for better headlines.
Our Father, you alone can solve our problems. You alone can bring enduring peace. You alone can rescue the perishing. Use us in whatever manner you see fit to build a better world. Deliver us from the blame game and from unproductive arguments. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.