Daily Devotion Friday, November 17, 2017
Tricia Anders, CoH Member and Volunteer
Then the Lord raised up judges, who delivered them out of the power of those who plundered them. Yet they did not listen even to their judges; for they lusted after other gods and bowed down to them. They soon turned aside from the way in which their ancestors had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the Lord; they did not follow their example. Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge, and he delivered them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord would be moved to pity by their groaning because of those who persecuted and oppressed them. But whenever the judge died, they would relapse and behave worse than their ancestors, following other gods, worshipping them and bowing down to them. They would not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways. So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel; and he said, ‘Because this people have transgressed my covenant that I commanded their ancestors, and have not obeyed my voice, I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations that Joshua left when he died.’ In order to test Israel, whether or not they would take care to walk in the way of the Lord as their ancestors did, the Lord had left those nations, not driving them out at once, and had not handed them over to Joshua. Judges 2: 16-23
A Word of Hope
Today is World Peace Day. According to Wikipedia “World peace or peace on earth is the concept of an ideal state of happiness, freedom, and peace within and among all people and nations on earth. I have pondered for days as to what that means since the world today is anything but peaceful. There has been mass destruction by the hands of nature, and mass murders by the hands of man. Our nation divided by racial tensions, political unrest, and countries are at odds with one another. The trust that was once shared with our allies no longer exists. With so much chaos, pain, and strife in the world today how do we come to a peaceful state? How do we connect in “peace” with one another?
As I was contemplating on the meaning of peace and how it could be possible today, the Holy Spirit brought back to my mind a song that we used to sing in my elementary school, “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be
With God as our father
Brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony…
It has to begin with you and me. We must have understanding, respect, and equality for one another. Mother Teresa said that “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other,” and I believe that what she says is true. We have forgotten who we are and to who we truly belong. We are not “separate” as many of us believe. We all come from the same divine source, God. Yes, there is evil in the world, but we do not have to be a part of it. Jesus says in John 16:33 “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart. I have overcome the world! And I believe Him.
Eleanor Roosevelt said “It isn’t enough to talk about peace, one must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it; one must work at it.” I know that many of us are afraid of what may come, but have no fear. God has said in His word “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
Father God thank you for surrounding us with not only your love but also your peace which surpasses all understanding. Amen.