Where to look

 

We have seen and heard in recent days of the horrible events and senseless acts of murder in Norway. Our human feelings and emotions cause a human response, revulsion helplessness, despair that the world we live in can be so violent. We hear of other problems in the world, famine in Africa, war in Libya and elsewhere, earth quakes, mudslides. How do we understand all these events, where do we look for help?

The Bible is God’s word, God’s living word, yes alive and applicable to today’s world as much as it was when it was written.

Mercifully we pray we will not be in the same situation as Norway but we may have our own storms, battles, crisis’ and difficulties in life. These may be very obvious but can also be deeply personal to us with no one knowing about them.  We can feel over whelmed.

The Bible gave and gives hope and help to people. It will give hope and help to us whatever our difficulties.  Psalm 119 verses 49-50 states remember the word to your servant, upon which you have caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction for Your word has given me life”

The book of Hebrews in the Bible in chapter 11 tells us how many people had faith to endure hardship.  These were real experiences.  A few weeks ago at our Wednesday meeting we saw a quick tour of ancient Rome including the catacombs where the  Christians of the first centuries  survived even when they were being used for live entertainment!

The Bible tells the history of God’s relationship with mankind from the Garden of Eden to the life and resurrection of Jesus.

The Communist movement tried to get rid of the Bible claiming mankind could supply all that is needed for a complete life and God was not needed. Communism failed. The Bible contains all the promises of God fulfilled in Jesus.  2 Peter 1 v 4: “He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises”.

The Bible tells us that a Christian is on a pilgrimage and our citizenship is in heaven, we have a place to look forward to, Ephesians 2 v 19: you are no longer strangers and foreigners but fellow citizens with the saints and household of God”.

Friends we need to learn and keep the Bible in our hearts and minds so that it becomes part of our way of thinking and acting.

If you are reading this and don’t believe what I have written I challenge you to prayerfully ask God to speak to you and then read the Bible. If you are truthfully looking and seeking for God then His word has promised He will not forsake you,  Psalm 9 v10 “for you Lord have never forsaken those who seek you”.

Chris Baines

 

 

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