“We imagine we would be all right if a big crisis arose; but the big crisis will only reveal the stuff we are made of, it will not put anything into us … If you are not doing the thing that lies nearest, because God has engineered it, when the crisis comes instead of being revealed as fit, you will be revealed as unfit. Crises always reveal character.
The private relationship of worshiping God is the great essential of fitness … Worship aright in your private relationships, then when God sets you free you will be ready, because in the unseen life which no one saw but God you have become perfectly fit, and when the strain comes you can be relied upon by God.
… If you have not been worshiping as occasion serves, when you get into work you will not only be useless yourself, but a tremendous hindrance to those who are associated with you.
4 Say to the cowardly:
“Be strong; do not fear!
Here is your God; vengeance is coming.
God’s retribution is coming; he will save you.”
Was Jesus God’s vengeance? Usually I think of vengeance as harsh, violent punishment, but isn’t that similar to the Jews believing the Messiah would be a conquering war hero that would defeat the Romans?
That just flipped a lot of what I though I knew on its head … Randi once again feeling not-so-smart.
Lord, thank You for opening my eyes and mind!