My wife and I were watching the morning show “Fox and Friends” the other morning and at one point they announced that on what I guess is an “app”, of some sort, they were going to begin a daily or weekly (I don’t remember which) bible study, a time of delving into God’s Word.
Now it remains to be seen whether their thoughts and interpretations agree with the bible but initially that’s not the point for me.
You can go to channels that deal only with “bible” and ministries but to have a secular, major TV station even use the word bible or God openly and in a positive way, to me is a big thing, let alone include bible study and bringing God onto the set before millions of viewers as part of the news.
I’m cautious and again it remains to be seen what the aim is and does it primarily focus on the goodness of God, the God of the Bible, the evidence of His goodness in the lives of people who know His Word and apply it.
My daughter was out of town, in DC this last week on work related stuff. It’s a busy city and from my perspective the center of quite a large group of “vipers”. So much self focus, zealous effort at fault finding and expressions of hatefulness all in the name of the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. It’s a city of innuendoes and lies, character assassination, logic and morality that continually morphs depending on the latest goals, a very good example of the adage, “The end justifies the means.” It’s just me. I’m angry that the place and people that have the greatest opportunity and talent and power to rise to soaring heights of statesmanship, care giving and protectiveness, unification and just conduct, nobility, that they squander that opportunity, and those whom they represent they use as pawns. They are far from the wisdom and character of God.
So she is taking a cab to her meeting place and the cabby doesn’t speak English well, has music on in which my daughter hears the Name, Yahweh, sung. She asked the driver about it and here it seems, in the midst of Babylon is one who knows God and in her little closed in world, inside that car, He riding with two of His children. What would you think are the chances? What a blessing.
My wife and I, my children and grand children were in the hills of Tennessee during the start of Sukkot and we had time to ride narrow, twisty, windy back roads into the hills and woods where we were. It was common to see the flag flying, and little placards that had the Ten Commandments written on them displayed at the front doors or signs posted at the mailbox or on a tree declaring that the folks inside that house were Bible believers.
There were several opportunities to stop and talk. What we were blessed by was their friendliness and willingness to put time on the side and talk, to share what was going on with themselves and to let them know a little about ourselves.
Elijah ran and hid in a cave.
““What are you doing here, Eliyahu?” He Answered,”I have been very zealous for ADONAI the God of armies, because the people of Isra’el have abandoned Your covenant, broken down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. Now I’m the only one left, and they’re coming after me to kill me too.’’ 1 Kings 19:9-10 CJB.
I love that part…”What are you doing here, Eliyahu?” What was God’s tone of voice do you think? It may have been stern and demanding. But sometimes I picture it as if God acts as if He has stumbled upon Elijah and with genuine curiosity asks him what he’s doing there, a rhetorical question we know, but spoken affecting surprise and curiosity. And of course Elijah proceeds to explain things instead of, on hearing the question, pausing and in realization, asking “Why do You ask me that question Father? You know everything already.” And in that moment, in the presence of Almighty God, being a bit ashamed… in His presence what was there really to be afraid of… really to be downcast about.
But I’m starting to wander.
This last week has not been a spiritual high for me. The world is full of trouble and wrongness. There is incessant argument and discord. There are no discussions only attacks and accusations all around. If some sort of decision is made there isn’t the peace that any rightness has been achieved. And I have a tendency to be overcome by that.
Then I hear over here, someone talking about bible and using the address “God”, God of the bible, in a forum which it has become normal to exclude it.
Then I hear that two people are hearing the name of God, Yahweh in a song of worship inside an island of light rolling through a street in a city of so much darkness.
Then on a drive through remote places I discover friendly people who know God and His Word.
“My soul, why are you so downcast?
Why are you groaning inside me? Psalm 42:12(11) CJB.
And God has lifted my spirits.
“…Still, I will spare seven thousand in Isra’el, every knee that hasn’t bent down before Ba’al and every mouth that has not kissed him.” 1Kings 19:18 CJB.
It’s dark at times and the darkness can make it seem as if we are alone and things are just never going to be good.
The Light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not suppressed it. John 1:5 CJB
never could, never will.
Father, may we reflect Your light,
“before people, so that they may see the good things”
we do and praise You…
Thank You for Your light in others that we see and the encouragement it gives us. May we in turn be a light as well.
In Yeshua’s name we pray,
“My soul, why are you so downcast?
Why are you groaning inside me?
Hope in God, since I will praise Him again
for being my Savior and God. “ Psalm 42:12(11) CJB.
May God’s love be in us all.