Daily Truth: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
The news heard on the radio, TV, computer, or phone of violence and heartbreak can be overwhelming at times. How about you? Do you feel the same way? Is there any hope?
It is good to know that God knows the beginning from the end. (Isaiah 46:10)
Violence and hatred seem to be abounding everywhere in our cities, in outlying areas, and in the world around us. Our families are not immune to the increasing danger and risks. Is there hope? As my mind raced and my concerns grew I thought – I must bring “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5) and not get caught up in emotion.
As I looked to Scripture for guidance I thought about Jesus.
- Jesus, God’s only Son, left the perfectness of heaven to come to this world with all of its sinfulness. God placed Jesus in a manger as a helpless baby with an obedient young girl and young man who loved God. Are we as parents obedient to God and His Word?
- God protected Jesus from King Herod who sought to kill this “newborn king”. God can protect our children too. Do we cry out to Him for protection?
Do we believe that God will do what He said He will do?
- God provided a place for Jesus to grow and learn in the wise counsel of earthly parents as they sought God’s will for their lives. Do we seek God’s will for our children and our families? Have we placed our trust in Jesus Christ?
- Jesus began His ministry at just the right time. Even though there were scoffers and enemies at every turn Jesus kept right on teaching. Do we let the world dictate what is truth or do we stand up for God’s Word where the only “Truth” is found?
Jesus never did anything wrong, yet in God’s perfect plan He allowed Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of the world. But, Jesus did not stay dead. He arose from the dead!
Christ is now sitting at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf. (Colossians 3:1)
When we see and hear about violence and heartbreak in the news or maybe in our own lives, take heart! Jesus has overcome the world and He will do the same for us.
Keep on keepin’ on with loving, teaching, praying, nurturing, laughing, and crying out to God as God has given us hope – Jesus Christ our LORD.
We have a bright future!
Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,
Cathy Jo Johnson
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