PROCLAMATION FROM HEAVEN – Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Mix her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.’ Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her. (Revelation 18:4-8)
Come Out of Her – The warning “come out of her” is reminiscent of Continue reading “Proclamation From Heaven”
Matthew 20:24-28 – “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – The values of this world have it backwards. We strive to get ahead so that others will serve us. God calls us to value the role of a servant. The best leaders are those that are good at serving.
My Advice – Do not let your accomplishments or position in life go to your head. Always be willing to serve others, even if (especially if) they are “beneath” you. Everyone was beneath Jesus, yet He came down to serve us. We are not better than He is. Learn from His example.
Matthew 14:20, 32 – But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and began to sink…Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him…and when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – The wind did not die down and the waves did not calm when Jesus took Peter’s hand. Life is full of trouble and will likely be until He calls us home. But He is with us in the storm, and will immediately take our hand and lift us above the waves if we let Him. The waves are still there, but they are not a danger.
My Advice – The picture in our entryway (see below) is a favorite. It reminds me that Jesus is always within reach. That while He does not always calm the sea, He will not let us sink. That He can lift us above the waves if we let Him. That in heaven (the boat) there will be no more waves or wind. When the storms of life seem about to overwhelm you, remember the picture and remember the lesson.