3 – Wars and rumors of wars
idea of war is pretty frightening to me. I am blessed to have grown
up in a generation without war. Desert Storm was the most heated
conflict in my lifetime thus far. I remember going on vacation and
coming back to sluggish brown water coming out of our taps. I was 12
and terrified that chemical warfare had arrived on our doorstep. My
mom spent hours of her life soothing me with the lesson that a back
up of minerals in our faucets and pipes after a long break can cause
tinted water for a short time. Whew. I could sleep again.
about war is at the heart of my fears, or dare I say our fears. I
know I'm not the only one. It's scary stuff and we're not even living
it right now. Killing, destruction, domination, fighting...all these
words come to mind when I think of war. What comes to your mind? This
may be an anxiety producing exercise, but I think it's worth it. We
need to be able to sit with the reality for just a little, in order
for it to lose it's grip on us. War is and will be a reality on this
Earth. We are simply removed from it for a time.
3:8 reminds us that there will be “a time for war, a time for
instructs us to be realistic in Matthew 24:1-13. It's not a cheerful
passage, but it is truth. And we can remind ourselves of who is
speaking as we read it. An all powerful Savior. Picture Him speaking
directly to you as you read below:
will be wars and rumors of wars. There just will. This is the
beginning of the birth pains.
it possible that, as Christians, we can praise the Lord even for
this? For war?
live with one foot in one world and one foot in another. I remember,
on our honeymoon, we visited the Four Corners region. Every tourist
was chomping at the bit, myself included, to have their picture taken
with their feet in two “places” at once. Sisters, we already are!
We live as eternal people, given eternal life now. We have one foot
planted in the reaches of eternity, where time is endless, tears
cease, and peace reigns. But we do not have two feet there. We are
still called to live here, where fighting and wars are real, where
people hurt and give pain. Ecclesiastes and Jesus's words in Matthew
remind us that all this junk is purposeful. It leads us to
will be a time when we live with two feet firmly planted on
completely restored soil. Our bodies whole and perfect. Our hearts
and minds linked inexplicably with Him, in a way we only know in part
beauty of studying the Hebrew is that we begin to see a little more
of the fullness of God's Word. I found two passages that I am just
giddy to share. They share the same Hebrew root as the word for war
in Ecclesiastes 3:8. Bask in the beauty of it with me.
The Lord is a man of war;
the Lord is
his name. (ESV)
The Lord is a warrior;
the Lord is
his name. (NIV)
is this King of glory?
strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty
Lord! The Lord is a warrior. He is mighty in battle. All the wars and
rumors of wars that swirl around us. They are nothing to the victory
that will be God's Son revealed in majesty at the Restoration. He is
is a time for war. The Bible tells us so, as much as we'd like to
escape it. God tells us it is purposeful. It brings Him, in the
flesh, reigning forever, that much closer to us. Until then we fight
daily in the battle with Satan for the dear souls of those we love
around us. Because he just doesn't give up. But neither does our
Savior, and He has a secret that Satan knows but won't accept- He's
already won the victory.
looking forward to that two-feet-one-place day. Oh imagine it! Until
then...standing in the victory, when anxiety threatens, remember, the
time for war – even this is in His hands.
wars/conflicts or threats of wars do you remember in your lifespan?
do you think the scariest part of war is for people?
does knowing Jesus has already won the victory make the reality of
war a different thing for us?
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