Rather than infringe on the rights of ordinary Americans, why not focus on these red flags and see if there’s anything that can be done before a shooting, something that can alert police that there’s a potential problem. Those exist, as we see in the case of Parkland and most other tragedies of this sort. We would be much better off focusing on those rather than the implement used.
“If the nuclear missiles had remained (in Cuba) we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City. The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims!” (“Anti-violence” logo Che Guevara.)
Receiving Bad News
“A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the sea. . . Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD. . .” (2 Chron 20:2-3).
Have you ever had someone bring you really bad news? It was so bad that when you heard it your stomach immediately became upset. You went into a crisis mode. I once received a letter that brought such fear upon me I could hardly stand up.
This was the situation for King Jehoshaphat. He had just been informed that his country was going to be attacked by an army much larger than his. However, instead of panicking, he immediately turned to the Lord by calling for a time of a fasting and prayer. The people from every town in Judah responded.
King Jehoshaphat prayed and reminded God of His promise to Israel. Then he asked God for strategy. “For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” At the end of his prayer it says they waited on God’s answer. It came through the prophet, Jahaziel son of Zechariah. He said, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s'” (2 Chron 20:15-16).
God supernaturally wiped out their enemies that day. They didn’t even have to fight. God caused the enemy to fight themselves. However, the one thing they did do that began the ambush was when they began to praise God on the battlefield. “As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated” (2 Chron 20:22-23).
Jehoshaphat immediately did four things in response to bad news. He called for prayer, he called for fasting, he asked for God’s strategy, and he began his battle by praising God in the midst of the battle.
Maybe you’ve just gotten some bad news. If so, follow the example of Jehoshaphat. Pray. Fast. Ask. Praise.
What of the future?
For reading & meditation: Philippians 1:3-11
“‘ he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (v.6)
We saw yesterday how the psalmist sensed that despite his doubts and failures he was still accepted by God. But there’s more – he realises also that God’s restraining hand has been constantly with him: “You hold me by my right hand” (Psa. 73:23). What was it, after all, that prevented him going over the brink? It was the protecting hand of God. God Himself had put it in his mind to go into the sanctuary and had thereby turned him round. Realising that, he thinks of the future. What is the future going to be like? His conclusion is that the future is going to be just as secure, for: “You guide me with your counsel, and afterwards you will take me into glory” (v.24). Can you sense the psalmist’s security as he contemplates the future? He is saying, in effect: “You are doing this now, holding me by my right hand, protecting me, restraining me, restoring me and delivering me, and I know You will keep on doing this right up to the time when I meet with you in glory.” How does God guide us? Through circumstances, through reason, through the fellowship of Christians, but mainly through the Scriptures. The Word of God, when we consult it, unfolds reality, dispels illusion and guides us safely through the snares and problems of this earthly way until we eventually arrive in glory. The psalmist had seen the end of the ungodly and it had helped to change his perspective. Now he sees the end of the godly and thus his perspective becomes even more clear. And what is the end of the godly? It is glory!
O Father, let the prospect of coming glory fill and thrill my soul this day and every day. Help me never to forget that no matter how hard and difficult my earthly pilgrimage may be, it is as nothing compared to the glory that lies ahead. Amen.
For further study:
1 Peter 1:1-6; Genesis 28:15
1. Of what was Peter convinced?
2. How did Jude put it?
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