June 5, 2018

What I read today

Exodus 21-22; Psalm 36; Isaiah 36; Mark 8; 2 Corinthians 4

It’s tough not to lose heart today, isn’t it?

We’ve seen school shootings, more gang violence, political arguing, problems around the world.  You never see good news.  We only see troubles.

On the personal side, we wonder why we can’t get ahead.  Bills pile up, jobs are that are difficult, companies are bought and sold like baseball cards.  Lives are affected, and no one seems to care.

Here’s what Paul writes to the Corinthian church, “we do not lose heart.”.  Paul had been beaten, arrested, stoned, and yet he hadn’t lost heart.

That’s amazing when you think about it, isn’t it?

Paul understood that we would struggle day to day during our lives in this world.  Yet he also knew that “we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also! Then Jesus will bring us into his presence.”

Paul focused on Jesus.  He focused on the hope that the next life would be better than this one.  He understood that this sin-filled world wouldn’t be easy.

But he also believed that we should speak.  Not about politics or our worldly needs.  But we should talk about Jesus.  We should talk about the one who gave his life for us.  We should focus on the Lord who shined a light into our souls.

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