Friday, August 19, 2011

The Hand Of Providence: In A Troubled World

Who among us knows if we have come into the world for such a time as this.  As Christians living on this earth we must realize that we are God’s people to carry out His will. We are living in a world today that brings many troubles and woes. High unemployment, corruption in our government, high food prices, people wanting to kill you because you are a follower of Jesus Christ. In such a time as this we must be ready to do the Lord’s will if we are called on to do so. We may say that we are unable to be of serve for many reasons. This is because of the lack of faith. Let us look at some true life Bible Stories that show God’s people doing God’s will when they were called on to do so. Just as some of us are today, they lived in very difficult times during their day 

Who knows whether you come into the kingdom for such a time as this. (Esther 4:14) NKJV In The Book of Esther we read of a young Jewess girl who was called on to save her people. She went from a person that had no mother or father and was living with her uncle, to being the Queen of Persia. One who had great influence over the king. The Book of Esther clearly shows the hand of providence, which would not allow the Jewish people to be destroyed.  We can clearly see throughout the book of Esther . Esther was willing to give her life in an attempt to save her people. She made up her mind to do what is right and leave the outcome to God.  What great faith she had when she said, “If I perish, I perish” In this day and age we face many people  are against you just because you are a follower of Jesus The Christ. We now are living in just as dangerous world as Esther did in her day. We have a religion that is now trying to take over the world. A religion that hates all Christians and Jews. They are doing a pretty good job of it. We must all stand up for our Lord because who knows which one of us have come into the world for such a time as this. Who knows the one among us that might be called on by the Lord to lead His people to victory just like it was in Esther’s day! 

Let us not forget Mordecai in this story of Esther. He was the person that God used to groom Esther for her position as queen. He was a Godly man, loyal to the king, but would not bow to evil. He took his stand and God honored him for it. Haman wanted to hang him and built a gallows to do that very thing, but the providence of God would not allow that. Today we have people (better known as terrorist) that would wipe Israel and other Christian countries right of the face of the earth. In the past in The USA, we have been blessed with presidents that helped to protect Israel, with one of those presidents, Harry Truman, being the leader who stood behind the Jewish people for them to have their own country. He said he wanted to be remembered for that one thing. Now we have a president that would, if he had the chance, reverse all that. Once again we can see the providence of God at work keeping Israel safe. Likewise we, as Christians, need to realize that it is the hand of God, His providence that is keeping us safe today. Even though most all Christians are loyal to their country (just like Mordecai was loyal to the king), we still have, for the most part, a leader and a congress that, that is made up of ungodly people. It is because of praying people that we are still found in the Hollow of His hand.  

In The Book of Genesis we read about a young man whose name was Joseph who went from being the younger son of Jacob, to being disowned by his brothers, to becoming a slave and then imprisoned in Egypt, to becoming the second highest official in the land of Egypt. In this position he saved his family from the famine in the land. Once again we can see the hand of providence as God takes care of His People. His divine guidance is always there for His people. The Lord worked through Joseph to save His people. There are times when we all feels like life, the world, and the things in it are out of control. A shooting is reported on the news. One more person has cancer. Someone we love is diagnosed with debilitating disease. A long term relationship crumbles. Someone we love dies suddenly. We lose a job. We face financial turnaround. We are falsely accused. Or we have one of those periods where nothing seems to go as planned. At these times life seems unpredictable just like Joseph felt in his day until he realized the truth behind what was happening to him.  God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your life by a great deliverance ( Genesis 45: 5,7 ) NKJV  

Let ‘s not forget about Moses, Samuel, Saul, David, John the Baptist, and the many others in the Bible that were (as some people saw them in that day) no bodies. They came into the world for a purpose designed by God. We will never know what we might be called on to do in our frail bodies for the Lord. We must remember that our power comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  Are you one of those people in the world today that God has  called : For such a time as this” Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty. They are higher than Heaven – what can you do? (Job 11:7-8) NKJV

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