“If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly.” (Steve Maraboli from Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)
Seems to me there’s a whole lotta clucking going on.
Facebook and news reporters continue to spew their own spin on social injustices, despite what activists are doing on paths of destruction.
There are children who are dying, caught in the crossfire of unpeaceful demonstrations. Thank you, Jesus, for dancing with those taken too soon because of evil.
Defunding the police, aka restructuring government set in place by God, in this country is a solution put forth by the devil. The world has turned justice on its back. Sending mental health professionals and other unarmed citizens into homes, streets, and communities where yes people are in need of help … and where criminals and radical activist groups prowl … is like walking them on the plank. If armed police officers are being murdered on the job, how many unarmed citizens replacing police will die before this movement to defund the police is retracted?
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says,
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it” (Isaiah 30:15).
God is and will continue to reveal Himself as Holy, All-powerful and Merciful.
It amazes me when I think of Lot’s wife disobeying Him, turning back to look at His fatal judgement upon Sodom and Gomorrah. He tolerated no more from her, turned her to salt.
The angel of the Lord had been sent to warn Lot and his wife.
Instead, she turned her head to look back, where all the clucking was. She could have set her gaze upward, toward the clouds where eagles soar, where our Hope is:
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:29-31).
God wants us to lay our idols down, toss them in the fire, stop holding onto what we think is right and look to His ways.
Idols of victimhood, fear, injustice dressed as justice.
Lay down swords that kill and pick up the double-edged sword of His Word (Hebrews 4:12).
Reserve fear to be only of He who can take your soul (Matthew 10:28).
Oppression is not new to God’s people. He sees and knows. He is a just God who is preparing us for heaven, for our full restoration and hope:
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!
People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious He will be when you cry for His help! As soon as He hears, He will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.
Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it”.
Then you will desecrate your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, “Away with you.” (Isaiah 30:18-22).
So which way will you choose to walk today?
Will you choose to cluck with the mass of chickens or fly with the eagles?
Will you lay down your heart’s idols and pick up faith as your shield?
I am praying right now this post turns you to Him, to learn and know and trust His ways.
Thank you for joining me.
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To Him be the glory and the power, Amen!
Love in Christ,