Thoughts for the Week

Archive for March, 2012

Superman to the Rescue!

Our culture is saturated with superheroes

Superman is a particular icon. He’s adored because it’s comforting to imagine there’s a “Man of Steel” ready to fight and help when trouble arises. He flies to the rescue, takes out the villains, and then lets the innocent civilians go on with their lives. Superman is always there to help, then leaves when he’s not needed anymore.

God and Superman have a lot in common. They’re powerful and rescue those in trouble. However, there is a difference. Superman is not a daily part of the civilians’ lives. He’s just there when the people need him.

Unfortunately, some people treat God the same way. They keep God in their pocket until they need help. Once God sets their feet on dry land again, they give brief thanks and walk away.

Yet, once God helps those in trouble, He doesn’t simply let them go back to what they were doing.In Jeremiah chapter 29, God promised the exiled Israel “I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to [Israel]. For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (10-11 NIV).

God demands allegiance from His rescued. God saves people because He cares and has plans for them. The next time God gets you through a tough circumstance, remember that He has a purpose and plan for you.

Copyright by Molly Anderson 2012. Use by permission only.

How Long Would You Trust?

Do you hate deadlines as much as I do?

They just seem to creep up on you. If you have a debt, the payment dates probably cause stress. If you’re in school, paper deadlines are on the mind continually Or, perhaps you are biting nails over an upcoming surgery, a change in contract, or other harrowing deadlines.

In the Bible, in the book of Esther, God’s people were extremely worried about a particular deadline. The deadline was their execution.

In chapter three, the king of Persia, issued a disastrous law fueled by his right-hand man, Haman.

Haman hated that Mordecai, a Jew, wouldn’t bow to him. So he decided to eliminate all the Jews in the kingdom. And by judging the size of the kingdom, this would have been a mass genocide.

He cast lots to see which day the execution should take place, “and the lot fell on the twelfth month, the month of Adar” (3:7) NIV. So, Haman went to the king, and asked him to set the decree in motion.

Here’s the surprise. The decree was issued “on the thirteenth day of the first month” (3:12). So, it was almost an entire year that this death treat hung over the Jews.

Do you think you’d be able to handle that deadline? Knowing your life might end in less than a year?

What would you do?

Well, Mordecai was obviously distraught. But he didn’t despair. He trusted God. He encouraged his cousin, Queen Esther, to talk to the king. If she didn’t, “relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place” (4:14).

Mordecai knew the Jews were God’s chosen people, and wouldn’t allow all of them to be wiped out. When life seemed to be stolen from him, he clung to what was true.

When crisis comes your way, can you trust God and His truth like Mordecai did? Even your life is in danger? Or trust Him for a whole year?

Father, give us the courage to trust you.

Copyright by Molly Anderson 2012. Use by permission only.

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