May 1 “Testing & persecution”

Persecution will come at times, Don’t be surprised by it! Instead, see it as an occasion for sharing your testimony and the truth about God.

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Today’s Readings:
1 Samuel 4 & 5
Psalm 54.1-7
Proverbs 15.12-13
Luke 21.1-19

1 Samuel 4 & 5:

God is always at work

Another sad time in Israel’s history where God withdrew His immediate presence and protection from them because of their willful disobedience and idolatry. But this narrative leaves no doubt that even when people may not make the connection, God is always at work in the affairs of men.

That is true today, as well as, in Old Testament times. I once read that the word “history” actually means “His-story” and I certainly believe that’s true. So the question is, “What is God doing today?” How does everything that’s happening in our world—whether politics, wars, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other world events, play into His plan and purpose? He is there in the blessing and protection, but also in the withdrawing of blessing and protection. (An interesting read on the subject is Dr. David Jeremiah’s book, What in the World is Going On?) Continue reading