Wouldn’t it be nice if we could hit the pause button and stop the world for a while? Some days are more chaotic than others, but right now we all need to slow down and take a deep breath.
We’re faced with news of terror in the world by an evil group of radicals that are intent on conquering the infidels. War is waging in far off countries and there is nothing we can do about it, except offer our prayers. Our city streets are cluttered with crime and violence that never ends. Even our own neighborhoods and country roads are infested with violence. Our homes are nothing like the Father Knows Best or Leave it to Beaver of old. Now single parents raise children and fight to survive, often causing children to grow up much faster than they should. They are left to raise themselves basically and don’t know how to deal with the pressures of life.
There is no longer a middle class. You’re either rich or poor. Entitlement has all but eliminated the desire to fulfill the American Dream. Government has invaded every area of our lives beginning at our birth (and conception) to our death. Political correctness has become so much a part of our vocabulary that there’s bound to be something that will offend. God has all but been eliminated from our conversation as a nation. Peace is something you must obtain by taking a pill or meditating.
Hit the pause button. Stop – listen to the beautiful message from God. He has given us a Savior – a Redeemer – a Comforter – a King. Jesus is exactly what we need right now and always will be. He lived a perfect life, but still had human flesh. He lived in poverty but had a loving family and was schooled in God’s Word. He learned a trade, got hungry and tired, but still was God and King of the universe. He suffered humiliation and pitiful scars, so that we could be heirs of His kingdom. He conquered death and lives and reigns on the throne of God.
Life doesn’t have to fill our hearts with frustration, fear, anxiety, pain. We have the most perfect peace through the promise that He will return again to judge the world.
Come quickly, Lord, Jesus, Amen!