What A Dream!

Day 215

2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33; Romans 16:8-27; Psalm 26:1-12; Proverbs 20:1

What A Dream!

When I began to read these passages I became so incredibly moved by the words of Romans 16:

…and the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

After reading this long chain of greetings and final goodbyes in the chapter, you hit this small little nugget like stumbling upon a rare diamond in downtown New York City! What a declaration to the church then and to us now… to think of a moment, a season, a day when Satan is crushed under our feet. What a dream that would be or fairy tale it almost seems that would come to life.

Imagine when reality hits that mark that Satan is obliterated entirely!

Imagine when there is no one playing mind games with you and whispering in your head words that are against you and not for you… whispering in your head that His Word is really nothing more than fairy tales and exciting literature… whispering in your head, “Did God really say…?”

Imagine when there is no one plotting to persuade and push people to murder, hate, rape, injustice, oppression, isolation, or brutality. Imagine when nations are no longer being pushed and manipulated to stir up war.

Imagine when all of us no longer have someone constantly motivating us to believe that materialism, or narcissism, will finally give us the happiness and peace we long for daily. Imagine the moment, the split second when you would lay your head down on the pillow knowing that the presence of evil and all that comes with it, all of the implications of it… are no more!

The day when the God of Peace, and all that comes with Him, are fully established on Earth as it is in Heaven. Sometimes it is so good to remember what we’re really fighting for every day, fighting to see the day when our great King, who is full of love and mercy, compassionate and holy, who cares for His people like He cares for Himself, to see the day when all of creation is freed to experience that in it’s entirety. What a day that will be!

Chad Turner
Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church
Greenville, SC

On My Way

Day 214

2 Chronicles 32:1‐33:13; Romans 15:23‐1:7; Psalm 25:16‐22, Proverb 20:16‐18

On My Way

“Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the saints there.” – Romans 15:25

Paul was dreaming of going to Spain with a visit to the believers in Rome. But first he had an obligation to go to Jerusalem to bring offerings he had collected from churches in Asia Minor. The congregation in Jerusalem was suffering badly, much of it initiated by Paul when he was Saul of Tarsus and a persecutor of the followers of Messiah Jesus. So, he felt a special responsibility for them.

Little did Paul know that God’s plan for his life would include persecution in Jerusalem that would send him to Rome for the rest of his life. He would never realize his dream of Spain. Yet, his time in Rome was essential for the spreading of the Gospel.

Like Paul, many of us have a dream of something we want to accomplish for the work of the Gospel. What is your dream? Growing a church congregation or your small group? Bringing children and families into the church? Going on a foreign mission trip to a third-world country? Perhaps it is seeing that the children God has entrusted to you become believers in Jesus Christ, or maybe that your spouse becomes a believer?

Most of us are more focused when we have a goal in mind that helps keep us motivated for the work of the Lord. It is good to dream – even big dreams. At the same time it is better to believe we are on our way to the goal the Lord has laid out for us because he has the greater picture in mind and our part in it.

Richard Bordin
Holy Cross
Winter Haven, FL

Setting our Hearts for Seeking God

Day 213

2 Chronicles 30:1-31:21; Romans 15:1-22; Psalm 25:1-15; Proverbs 20:13-15

Setting our Hearts for Seeking God

In today’s reading from 2 Chronicles, we find Hezekiah taking on what seemed to be a hopeless effort. As an obedient servant to the Lord, Hezekiah was not wrapped up in the details of worship, nor did he allow his devotion to be dictated by a set date, since the “official” time for the Festival of Unleavened Bread had already passed.

Pressing on through scorn and ridicule, Hezekiah’s couriers went from town to town to spread the news of a celebration in Jerusalem. The effort yielded but a few in each town who responded to Hezekiah’s conviction and invitation. Yet still they came to Jerusalem from all over Judah, where they found unity in the spirit of the law, as opposed to the letter of the law.

At this celebration, the people recognized that though unworthy, ill-prepared, and unconsecrated based on Jewish law, they came anyway with hearts repentant and full of longing. When God saw that their hearts were set on Him, and that their prayers lifted up in unison reached Him in His holy dwelling place, He was pleased and blessed their celebration by prospering Hezekiah, whose obedience to the Lord was made manifest in the actions of those who had set their hearts for seeking God.

Let us in like manner set our hearts for seeking God today, so that our unworthy, ill-prepared, and unconsecrated hearts lifted up as one may reach His dwelling place and please Him. Come Lord, we pray you, come!

The Rev. Din Bissondial – Deacon
St. Peter the Fisherman