Monday Musings 02/12/13
We live in a world invaded by scandal, tragedy, corruption and leadership crisis. The story of a monster typhoon in the Philippines is no longer sensational enough to make headlines news, but we must not forget that there are still thousands upon thousands of people working through the loss of loved ones and the rebuilding of their lives. Where is the hope?
Over the weekend, headline news carried the tragic story of the death of Paul Walker, the Hollywood hero of speed in a series of action movies called Fast and Furious which centers on illegal street racing and heists. Eerily, speed was a factor in the crash of the red Porsche Carrera sports car that burst into flames after hitting a tree and light pole, killing Paul Walker and his financial adviser who was at the wheel.
The young lives of four youth in New Brunswick came to a sudden end Friday night, following a car crash in which speed was a factor. Where is the hope in this fast and furious world?
The psalmist David penned the following words in Psalm 39.
“O Lord, help me understand my mortality and the brevity of life! Let me realize how quickly my life will pass! Look, you make my days short-lived, and my life span is nothing from your perspective. Surely all people, even those who seem secure, are nothing but vapour. Surely people go through life as mere ghosts. Surely they accumulate worthless wealth without knowing who will eventually haul it away. But now, O Lord, upon what am I relying? You are my only hope!”
According to one person’s count, there are 3,573 promises in the Bible. John 14 is jammed pack with a number of those promises:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms…I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go…I will come back and take you with me…I am the way and the truth and the life…I will do whatever you ask in my name…You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it…I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth…I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you…Because I live, you also will live…Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Psalm 46 is the glue that holds it all together. “GOD IS our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. SELAH.”
That word “Selah” means pause, silence, interruption or interjection and is mentioned 74 times in the Old Testament. When you see the word, it literally means that God wants you to take a pause from your “fast and furious” life, sit in silence, and allow God to interrupt your life so that He can interject a promise of hope into your world.
Jesus is the hope of the world!
Until next Monday…