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Epistle to the Hebrews 13: 8 (NIV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.
After a week of high rainfall across much of south-eastern Australia I was encouraged to observe God’s smaller creatures reject despair and initiate their own reconstruction program.
God has placed in the humans he created a spirit of hope which refuses to surrender to disappointments. That spirit aspires instead to restore order and to rebuild lives. After being destroyed violently, cities and communities such as Rome, San Francisco, Ypres, Berlin and, we hope, Halab (Aleppo) are rebuilt with care.
Social upheaveal can be just as destructive in our communities as is conflict. Can we recover from recent major social upheaval in this nation? Disappointment must not descend into despair. Has God overnight suddenly become less omnipotent? Of course not! “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,” (Isaiah 59: 1).
People of God are called to discern the will of God and then to work with him for the fulfilment of his will. The environment in which Christian men and women find themselves today is different from that of yesterday but we are not to be shaken: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever” (Hebrews 13: 8).
Loving God, you call us to obedience. We regret the disobedience of this nation and its rejection of you as our Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Further, we grieve the open celebration of that disobedience by many including those in senior leadership. Refine us, O God, and turn our hearts back to you. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.