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Monday, April 6, 2009

Whatever circumstances, God is with us

To fellow believers in Christ:
Whatever circumstances you find yourself in, remember God has allowed you to be there.

Every now and then a song by the Moody Blues from the 1970s comes to mind. The song is "I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band)" and the lyrics I especially connect with say "I'm just a wandering on the face of this earth."

Wandering, wanderers, travelers, sojourners in a distant land ... that is what we fellow believers in Christ are. Wherever we are it is all temporary. Our eternal home is heaven and God alone determines when we will arrive there.

Throughout time I can imagine many have thought, "It can't get much worse than this." But it can, it has, it will. No matter what part of the country, the continent you live, events transpire that result, reap negative and positive.

We must pray. Prayer can never be fully taken away from us. We must seek His guidance, His will for us in the circumstances surrounding us. We will experience God's peace as we pray and acknowledge He is in control, not us ourselves nor any other.

In Jeremiah 29, verses 7-9, 11-13, the Lord says: (7)"And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace. (8) For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you ... (9) For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the Lord. (11) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (12) Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. (13) And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."

In Romans 8, verses 28, 31-35 God promises: (28) "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (31) What then shall we say ...? If God is for us, who can be against us? (32) He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (33) Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. (34) Who is he who condemns? It is Christ ... who also makes intercession for us. (35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?"

Nothing, no one. As long as we continue to abide with the Lord, walking with Him in obedience, nothing will ever separate us from His love, His power, His will, Him.

"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8: 38-39)

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