Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The hope of the future gives strength for the present
I have been making a bit of a deal about risk, pain, accident and disease from IICor 5. Paul realized that his missionary work was physically dangerous and had caused him to be near death a number of times, including many who desired to harm him.n
Paul does not teach an invincible Christian, but a recompensing God. I have found too many situations where people feel abandoned by God with a job loss, or sickness, or someone comes out on the bad end of a swindle, or is cheated, or robbed. Our prayers for rescue are not always answered. God's purposes, justice, and recompense are on the other side of that judgment seat of Christ. That's comforting and good news.
Late August, early September, I start thinking about the victims of the weather and the human loss of 9/11. I want to think about other places in the world where children suffer, and do my part to bring kingdom compassion to those dark places.