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Friday, December 27, 2013

Think About It

Isaiah 9:1

Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever...

In case you haven't noticed, we live in perilous times. The threat of a nuclear disaster looms on the horizon of each new day. Famine, war, oppression, and natural disasters are daily occurrences. Countries distrust each other and seem to be jockeying their rhetoric for power and control. Groups and individuals are vying for their equal place in society. Everyone wants their equal share, and they'll do what they need to do to gain it. Sometimes it’s at the cost to others.

I'm one of those individuals that grew up in a time where neighbor knew their neighbors. They watched over each other without being asked. We lived in a time of hope. Responsibility was everyone's job. It wasn't left up to a few. We learned to live and let live, knowing that together we could survive, but individually we might perish. We also grew up with absolutes, and we believed in them. Trust me, not everything was right in that era, but there was much more hope and a lot less individualism.

Isaiah talks about a time when darkness and despair will end. It is a message of hope and although I personally believe that the worst is yet to come, I still believe that the message of hope is important to all today. It is said that without a vision, people perish. It can also be said that with out a hope the same thing happens. Isaiah goes on to speak of a child that would be born and that the government would be upon his shoulders. He will rule with peace and justice and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, and Prince of Peace. Isaac Watts wrote the song "Joy to the World", and in it he speaks of not the first coming of Christ, but his second. It is the second coming that the Kingdom of God will be established and he, the Prince of Peace, will reign. In this day of trouble and despair it is indeed a time of hope, and a vision to look forward to. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

I think a lot of the problem is the whacked out sense, of impending doom that permeates our society. Perpetrated by a fear mongering media and government. There is good people, and neighbors out there. Especially in this area. Most of the time we only hear the bad news. And if we hear good news, we question if there are alternative motives behind it. Because our faith in each other, and in the inherent goodness of our fellow man is not what it used to be. Doomsayers, and Fear Mongers have got us believing everyone is out to get us. And got us pining away for the old days. Well the old days are gone, and yes we need to be a bit more vigilant. But we can not lose hope, or faith in ourselves and our capability for goodness.

Anonymous said...

yeah right, people are inherently good.