Monday, November 19, 2007

Dial Daily Bread

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread":

This daily mini-Bible study likes to concentrate on happy subjects, and find good things to say about discouraging topics. But we’re struggling to find something good to say about the calamity in Southern California.

Imagine—over 350,000 people evacuated from their homes (according to the governor)! Imagine what “evacuation” means—how do you “evacuate” without getting on the freeway to get out, and can you imagine 350,000 people clogging the freeways? They can be one vast parking lot.

I used to live in the San Diego area; I never dreamed I would see things like this before the Bible’s “seven last plagues” of Revelation 16.

Can we find some good news? Yes:

(1) Innumerable acts of kindness are being done by people, even strangers; the Holy Spirit has not yet been withdrawn completely from the earth!

(2) There is evidence of the love of God still active; in wrath He has remembered mercy (Hab. 3:2).

(3) In the disasters described by the prophet Ezekiel his “woes” usually ended with the promise, “and thou shalt know that I am the LORD” (35:9, for example, KJV).

(4) It’s ALWAYS, yes, always, good news to learn to “know the LORD.” Even the final “lake of fire” at the end of the millennium (the 1000 years of Revelation 20:11-15), demonstrates the mercy of the Lord. The lost will say “Thank You” for that “Lake” rather than exist forever in tortured consciousness of their own utter self-condemnation. They will “welcome destruction,” says a very wise writer.

(5) Is God sending these terrible disasters? Is San Diego more wicked than other great cities, thus deserves them? This same question was asked Jesus after a local disaster: “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than other Galileans, because they suffered such things?” He answered: “I tell you, no, but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:2). Jesus didn’t bring that disaster but He brought good out of it, for all the world to learn.

(6) There is precious good news in this remark of Jesus: it’s possible for all of us to “repent” because repentance is a universal gift that the Holy Spirit tries to give us (if we will believe and receive the gift; John 16:8).

(7) This painful disaster, with world TV and news coverage, educates us all in a happy lesson about Reality; it’s another proof of God’s love: “We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out [when we “evacuate” we won’t even carry our papers with us]. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Tim 6:7, 8). Precious contentment! Enjoy it today.

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