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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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.