The Journey Thoughts

September 6, 2016

We see so many injustices happening in our world at this time, it's almost
hard to comprehend how people can be like this in this day and age.
Terrorists murdering children, women, men, just because they don't believe
like they do.  They rain fear over the country.  We are still somewhat
protected, but we all realize that it's probably just a matter of time,
because this evil penetrates everywhere.   The days are changing, and in
them we find confusion, anger, and then something else happens.  We tend to
forget just as quickly.  I will never forget the days following 9/11 when
all the politicians were gathered together, and even had a picture done
together to show their solidarity.  Yet within weeks, things went right back
to the way they were going.  We still have specials  that remind us of that
time of loss, yet now it doesn't change us anymore.  There was a time when
the Psalmist  wrote about bad things happening.  He almost envied the
arrogant because he saw so much happening, that it seemed like nothing was
happening to them, that God had forgotten the honorable.  I wonder if we, at
times, think that God may have forgotten us.  Yet when you read the first
seventeen verses of Psalm 73, see the concern in the writer's mind and words
that it seemed to him that the evil was running rampant without any thought
to being taken care of by God.   In other words, it was becoming a Godless
society.  Not only did they do evil to  the people, they spoke evil to God,
they mocked all He stood for and spoke violence and curses about Him and the
people who trusted in Him. The writer couldn't fathom what was happening.
Yet let me finish the rest of the story here: "Look at them - the wicked!
They are always at ease, and they increase their wealth.  Did I purify my
heart and wash my hands in innocence for nothing? For I am afflicted all day
long and punished every morning. If I had decided to say these things aloud,
I would have betrayed Your people. When I tried to understand all this, it
seemed hopeless until I entered God's sanctuary.  Then I understood their
destiny. Indeed You put them in slippery places; You make them fall into
ruin. How suddenly they become a desolation."  Psalm 73: 12-19  The writer
of this Psalm starts the way many of us are today - wondering why the wicked
seemed to prosper so, and those obedient to God seemed to struggle.  If we
look at it from a purely earthly existence, yes it does seem that way.  But
Christian, remember, we are only strangers, sojourners on a pilgrimage
through this earth, with our destination in focus. We are learning what it
is like to be like Christ.  We are in a school of learning what true life is
about.  It is not about all things being wonderful all the time.  It is
about the heart of man, and what that heart seeks after.  It is about being
able to stand against that, not so that we will gain entrance to eternity by
our walk, but that by our walk, more men and women, who God loves will want
to undertake that journey with us.  We already, through our belief, have
satisfied our ticket to eternity, but what about the others.  Can we care
enough to want to bring at least one other with us.  Can we love enough to
see that the destiny of the wicked will be worse than they can even imagine.
But how will we convince them, if it seems like they are the ones
prospering?  We can through a life of living for Christ; of showing them
that God will clean them and accept them, just as He has us.  It's entering
the sanctuary of God, and truly understanding their destiny.

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father,  help us to understand their true destiny. When it seems
like the wicked is growing in popularity, help us to understand the walk of
faith, and to know You have given us a tremendous responsibility to be an
ambassador for You.  Help us to live up to the faith we proclaim.  Father, I
will start once again, by caring enough for the hurting to ask for Your
blessing on them. Please given them strength and understanding.  I pray then
for: Malachi, Terry's dad, Tim's mother, Shelly's mother, the Reed family,
the Foster family, Pam and her son, Julissa and her friend, Kelly and her
son, Richard and his father, Ben and his family, the Briggs Church, Ben and
Ramona, Tracy, Abraham, Elijah, Jeff, Laura, Mike, Megan, Matt, Liz, Matt,
Bethany, Tim, Michelle, Carmello and Kaitlyn, Don, Lynn, Dwight, Sammi,
Todd, Tonia, Aiden, Liam, Jackie Ann, Pastor Berkey, Adrian, Tuly, Tyler,
Kristen, Trevor, Maria, Tyson, Wendy, Montella, Joyce, Betty, David,
Phyllis, Devon, Cindy, Barbara, Terri, Marliana, Loren, Cynthia, Bill,
Carolyn, BJ, Ida, Isabel, Angie, Kristen, Shane, Choya, Alex, Ken, Eric,
Sandy, JV, Nada, Andrea, Alan, Fisher, Shannon, Robert, Pat, Ryan, Barry,
Johnny, Annette, Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn, Robbie, Laurie, Gary, Heather,
Codi, Ron, Ada, Deane, Bill, Dan, Rheba, Pam, Mike, Austin, Harriet, Gus,
Lisa, Alice, Dotty, Fred, Mike S., James, Scott, April, Craig, Betty,
Hunter, Asher, Lynette, Kathy, Jennifer, Patrick, Candace, Abe, Trent,
Garret, Mayeaux, Ben, Jason, Ashley, Marc, Macy, Jake, Bob, Lisa.  Father,
give us a passion to seek Your face with petitions of mercy, strength and
comfort for those I have listed to You, for I pray this in Jesus name.

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