September 9 “An eternal perspective in dangerous times”

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It’s so important to keep our eyes on God and keep an eternal perspective in the dangerous times in which we live.

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 9 & 10
Psalm 106.1-5
Proverbs 25.1-2
2 Corinthians 1.1-24

Isaiah 9 & 10:

An eternal perspective in dangerous times

In chapter 10 God, through the prophet, tells the people to not be afraid of their enemies (vv. 24-25). Even though the nation, as a whole, was going to be destroyed and taken into captivity, His people should continue to have faith in Him. In the New Testament Jesus said:

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt. 10.28).

We live in a time when we may see our nation and the world go through very difficult times as I said yesterday, so it’s more important than ever that we keep an eternal perspective. First, because this world is temporal. We are to keep our eyes on the rewards we will receive in heaven and not expect everything to be “heavenly” here on earth.

But we also need to remember that God offers great comfort for the righteous as we saw in our September 6th reading. He will always be with His faithful remnant, just as He was in the past and as Matthew Henry said, the righteous shall have “divine supports and comforts, which shall abound as afflictions abound.”

Are you sure you will have those divine supports and comforts?

You cannot have peace and trust in God if you don’t first have peace with God. And peace with God only comes from knowing our sins have been forgiven.

There is nothing we can do to earn that forgiveness. No amount of good deeds. No amount of church attendance. Sacraments won’t do it. Nothing.

Instead God offer it as a free gift to those who will believe it and receive it (Rom. 6.23).

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