In the desert and in the sanctuary, the Lord is the same: steadfast.

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.” Psalm‬ ‭63:1-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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It is critical to remember…

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!” Ps. 84:11-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, “Be gone!””
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭30:18, 20-22‬ ‭ESV‬‬

May we cast out our idols of control and superiority.

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Bombings hugely increased in Ukraine today. Counter offensive not against military but civilians. Such a sad war. What a pitiful country Russia is. What a pathetic human Putin is. May God have mercy.

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Lift up His name and…

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The news on Earth is not good.

I just had my small daily interaction with my colleague in Ukraine. It was noted that there were ‘just’ two air raids in their part of the country last night. They had to get out of bed and take shelter ‘only’ twice. As their new normal emerges, two air raids in the middle of the night is now deemed small.

Kyiv in February.

Another reality is that, the news doesn’t change. A 2,000+ kilometer front line runs eastward across the south and swings up to the northeast. The battle rages. This is the reality for the foreseeable future.

Map credit: War_Mapper

But these are not the only realities. There is a greater reality.

Trusting God no matter what.

During WW2, in May of 1941, C. S. Lewis was asked to give radio talks to bring some hope to the British people. The Nazis had been bombing Britain mercilessly for 9 months. The first talks were broadcast in August. They continued for some months into 1942. These Broadcast Talks, as they were known, were the basis for His book _Mere Christianity_.

One of the most apt passages from his chapter titled simply “Hope” in this dear volume is this:

“Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither.”

Nine months of near endless bombings, much of which occurred at night, was the backdrop for these talks that, some years later, resulted in this book.

I hope to ask Mr. Lewis one day if he had Paul’s words in mind, Colossians 3:1-2.

The news of the world is not good.

But the Good News is.

The Good News is that we CAN have hope, IF we turn to HIM in the midst of our struggle, suffering and sorrow.

Aim at Heaven y’all!

Hope in Jesus.

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Need to remember this …

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