Shana Tova—A Good Sweet Year to You!
With God’s help, your faith can be, “like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”
We don’t normally think of the Scots in terms of those who rescued Jewish people from the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. We’re more familiar with Corrie Ten Boom born in the Netherlands and the German Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonheoffer. But, when the name, Jane Haining, from Dunscore, Dumfriesshire in Scotland recently came to my attention, I determined to know more about her courageous selfless life.
Whether storms of personal adversity, the battering winds of pressure to conform to popular culture or the effects of a secular worldview that have the potential to impact societies like a flooding deluge—all threaten to destroy people of faith who are not securely anchored in God’s Word.
The Balfour Declaration’s bold expression of support for a Jewish homeland issued in 1917 by British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour on behalf of King George V and the government of Great Britain did not go unchallenged. The Mandate to establish a Jewish national home was virtually derailed by government officials motivated by misguided expediency rather than moral clarity.
While today’s text is familiar to Christians and you may have been required to memorize or recite it daily, it’s critical to remember that the Lord Himself gave the following prototype in response to His disciples request concerning how we should pray.
In a very real sense, people of biblical faith are light bearers. But, we have a choice. You can shroud your light rendering your influence powerless on culture; or, you can be the light of truth by consistently living in accordance with Scriptural principles with a powerful effect on the darkness in the world.
Speaking to the children of Israel who had spent the previous four decades in the wilderness, Moses encouraged them to welcome his startling rehearsal of their history like morning dew or a gentle rain that restores and invigorates.
Loudly repeating the word “holy” three times in deafening succession, seraphim emphatically express the absolute holiness of God. Whether a vision or a glimpse into unseen reality, one thing is certain—Isaiah was never the same.
God sees all! With His searching and piercing gaze, God scrutinizes the actions of men.
The apostle Paul informs us that the life of faith is not theoretical, but intensely practical—people of faith have purpose!
As he wrote this psalm, David’s life was focused on the Word of God. The godly principles he internalized not only provided guidance during waking hours, but also came to mind and actually instructed him between sleep cycles when he awakened at night.
People of faith make God’s Word part of their thought process 24/7, integrate it into their very being and share it with those around them.
When God burdens your heart for a specific job, success is assured when you prepare for action by going to Him in prayer and allowing Him time to arrange the details.
Stirred to the core by the needs of others, people of faith act with determination to provide hope.