ROMANS 8: 18, 24-26, 28, 31, 35, 37-29 KJV
18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us...24For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered...28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose...31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?...35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword...37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
While many persons have made admirable, authentic, praiseworthy, and faithful attempts to surge forth and pick up the pieces of their lives in light of Hurricane Katrina, we, GOD'S people, are struck once again with earth shattering news: "The earthquake toil in Asia and the fear that 30,000 thousand people are dead!"
As referenced in the Plethora Ministries 9-26-05 WORD Reflection, "Life is a journey full of beauty, joy, anticipation, surprise, paradox, and pain. During the course of our lives, many of us have witnessed joy as well as a those things that have caused us to experience profound lamentation and heaviness. Over the past 50 years, many of our lives have been radically transformed by such events as the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and President John F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; starvation in Somalia; the HIV epidemic; the explosion of the space shuttle; 911; the War in Iraq; the derailment of trains; numerous terrorist attacks; Tsunami; Hurricane Katrina and the lists continues."
The pervasiveness of such pandemic suffering causes even the most faith-anchored and spiritually connected person to become nothing short of stunned! We, the people of the earth, hardly have the time to establish psychoemotional and psychospiritual footing before another catastrophic event shakes the foundation, both literally and figuratively! "Oh, if we had wings of a dove, we would fly away and be at rest." [Psalm 55:6]
Over the past 50 years, numerous unparalleled life-changing events have transpired that will have significant implications for history in light years to come. Consequently, it might be apparent to some and oblivious to others that GOD WANTS OUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION and that the EARTH is nor longer allowing itself to the recipient of humankind's abuse/neglect!
Each man and woman; Black, White, Red, and Yellow; Upper class, Middle class, Lower class, No class; Christians, Buddhists, Islamic, Believers in the Great Spirit, Jewish, Hindu, and the Unprofessed are invited to take a deeper look at the cosmic invitation and implication of the occurrence and orchestration of many of these events. The idea that what YOU have to offer being deemed as not important is a fallacy!
Simply stated, "BELOVED, it is not just about you, what you see, or what happens in your own backyard!" Yet, your actions, no matter how small you believe your presence or yourself to be in the world has a critical impact on living and breathing history! YOU MATTER! Every aspect of YOU matters as these events are connected, intertwined, and have a ripple effect, many of which we shall see in days, weeks, months, and years to come. Some of which will reveal themselves when we have rendered ourselves to the dust from which we have originated.
Moreover, the striking part of all that which is transpiring causes many of us to feel helpless and anesthetize our feelings and thoughts in relationship to our attempt to fathom the psyche of GOD! What many of us are asking ourselves, quietly, for the fear of being misperceived or being perceived as lacking faith is, "GOD what is going on? Why are all these horrific things being allowed to happen and eradicate the lives of thousands of people, many who are devoted to and serve you? What is all of this sacrifice really about?"
Beloved, while the answer is not a blanket one nor one which has an easy response nor a single response, we are required to "LIVE OUT THE RESPONSES AND ANSWERS IN LOVE OF and LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER! Significantly, GOD does offer and promise us several things: Paul reminds us "Who shall separate us from the love of the LORD? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword...37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God."
Be of good courage, for you see my brothers and sisters,
"GOD HAS GOT IT!"
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