DayBreaks for 7/13/15: Weep No More
Winners. Losers. Victors. Vanquished.
No one likes to lose. Athletes hate it with a passion. Business persons, do too. When armies lose, nations tumble and lives are lost. When the famous stop being famous, when the “beautiful people” are older and no longer “beautiful”, they feel lost and adrift as that which gave them “value” is now gone.
When the Jews were taken captive by the Babylonians, they must have felt like losers. Daniel 1:2 describes it like this: “And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. – Daniel 1:2 (ESV)
Judah, the more “faithful” of the two kingdoms, held to the strong illusion that they were true to God. They felt He would protect them. Yet they honored him with their lips but their hearts were far from Him. Even the glorious house of God that had been built by Solomon was razed to the ground, the temple objects taken from the temple and put into the temples of a false God. Do you suppose they felt like losers? I think they did.
There have been plenty of things lately that may make the church feel like all is lost. That God has abandoned us. That the fight just as well be over because the outcome is so clear and obvious. And we may well feel like losers.
Don’t. Check this out: And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” – Revelation 5:5 (ESV)
You see, it isn’t over until it is over. Jesus WILL have the final word..the FINAL word. And that Word will bring victory for the church.
Things may look dismal. I get it! They start to look more and more hopeless – especially in the past couple of years. But the victory will be gained. Rather than weeping over the present state of affairs, take heart, Christian! Weep no more, but join in with great expectation because you are on the winning side!
PRAYER: Jesus, things haven’t gone well in the past few years on this planet, but you already know that. I pray you will keep us from discouragement or surrender! Help us remember that rather than weeping over the state of affairs, that you call us to join you in the present work and the great victory celebration to come! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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