Stopping the World's Spin
he greatest torture I could inflict on our gregarious daughter was to banish her to her room. She thrived on the company of others, so making her withdraw from others was the hardest discipline we could inflict when she disobeyed.
The Lord God had to allow Israel to be taken captive into a foreign land. The people were going through motions with God. They would ask for God’s counsel, but then disregard any word they found objectionable.
Just as a good parent will discipline the wayward child, God had to allow Israel to go into captivity. They would be taken care of in Babylon, but that separation from the Israelites’ homeland would cause them to reexamine their faith and draw nearer to God.
I tend to avoid commentary on political events–I leave that to my historian husband. However, daily a new headline causes pause and reflection. How crazy, truly, have we become? How distant have we removed ourselves from God’s goodness? Are we opening ourselves up to various metaphorical forms of exile or captivity?
The swirling world brings to mind what I feel is the only answer to peace:
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.” –Micah 6:8
May we not lose sight of the fact that none of us is the center of the universe: our Creator God is. And may we cling to him even more tightly as the world spins around us.
Janet McHenry is a speaker and the author of 24 books–six on prayer, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She would love to serve as the speaker for your next event: https://www.janetmchenry.com/lookingup/speaking.
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