Sitting in Charleston getting ready to go and pickup.
Thinking over the last couple of days about the shootings in FL, the political distress the US is in; the widening divide between groups in America, pondering the religious differences, mind went on a wide trip over various subjects. It settled on Christian persecution, whether in this country, where most think it doesn’t happen, to around the world.
Christians are being systematically marginalized, persecuted, killed, etc. This chapter in Psalms came to mind.
4 Your foes roared in the place where you met with us; they set up their standards as signs.
5 They behaved like men wielding axes to cut through a thicket of trees.
6 They smashed all the carved paneling with their axes and hatchets.
7 They burned your sanctuary to the ground; they defiled the dwelling place of your Name.
8 They said in their hearts, “We will crush them completely!” They burned every place where God was worshiped in the land.
9 We are given no signs from God; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be.
10 How long will the enemy mock you, God? Will the foe revile your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!
12 But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth.
13 It was you who split open the sea by your power; you broke the heads of the monster in the waters.
14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.
15 It was you who opened up springs and streams; you dried up the ever-flowing rivers.
16 The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon.
17 It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.
18 Remember how the enemy has mocked you, LORD, how foolish people have reviled your name.
19 Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever.
20 Have regard for your covenant, because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land.
21 Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace; may the poor and needy praise your name.
22 Rise up, O God, and defend your cause; remember how fools mock you all day long.
23 Do not ignore the clamor of your adversaries, the uproar of your enemies, which rises continually.
As David prayed and sang, reminding himself and others about the calamities facing believers, he also set his petition to the Father. In verse 18 he reminds God about His covenant, asking for mercy for the faithful. When we pray, we need to keep asking the Father for mercy for faithful, for fellow believers.
We are reminded by our Savior that hard times and persecution should be expected when we give our lives to God.
In John 15 we read this;
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
The Christian life is not all peaches and cream, it is not an easy path, there is no guarantee of a life of luxury when you accept Jesus as your Savior. We are to look to Jesus the Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.
With all the changes going on in the world, its not hard to see how this time in which we are living can be considered the endtimes, persecution is rising against Christians, soon it will hit a much more violent tone against the Jews forcing more of them to make their Aliya back to Israel. Quakes are happening more often, or so it seems.
Islam is headed for a more violent period of against others. The world is on edge and preparing for war with few leaders willing to avert what appears to be coming down the pike.
Everything seems to be in place for the Gog/Magog conflict written about in the book of Ezekiel, all of the players are aligning, Israel is getting ready for war, and verse twenty keeps coming to mind. “….20 Have regard for your covenant, because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land….” From the school shootings, to shootings across the country and violence around the world, whether its thieves, rapists, pedo’s, murders, lies, deceit, greed, or any of the other vices of mankind, Father please have regard for your covenant and remember those who call upon Your name.