Pondering for Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday of Proper 29 Year 1

AM Psalm [120], 121, 122, 123; PM Psalm 124, 125, 126, [127] Nahum 1:1-13; 1 Pet. 1:13-25; Matt. 19:13-22

“Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.”  (1 Peter 1:21)

Through our Lord Jesus we have come to trust in God. I have heard that trust in God is the better translation of the word for believe. “In God we trust.” is what we print on our American currency. While some don’t like this statement to be there I like it as a reminder that we are one nation under God.  Of course, there are Americans who don’t like those words in our Pledge of Allegiance either. However, to trust means that you place yourself, your future,  in God’s care no matter what.  To trust indicates a confidence, and conviction that weighs more than simple belief.  It builds our faith and assures our hope.

This means our faith and hope are set on God.  Our Lord Jesus taught about God.  As God sees us through the eyes of our Lord Jesus, so too, should we look for God through the eyes of our Lord Jesus. I do not know the outcome of all that will occur in my life.  None of us really do.  We hope for the best and without God out there for us it is an empty hope.  Hope has to be anchored on something.  Mine is anchored on the trust that God really is all about good outcomes. 

We must realize however that some good outcomes are deferred to our life after death. Such is the case with a good friend of mine who passed away yesterday. Last year he and his wife suffered the loss of their home due to a fire.  And now our Lord Jesus has called him home.  Now for Bert, no more fires, no more death. His faith and hope has come to fruition as he has trusted in God.  Live in glory everlasting Bert.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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