+ 13th Sunday after Pentecost +
11 September, 2011
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
Faith sees even in the progressive judgments of God His guiding hand of providence that orders all things for the strengthening and growth of His kingdom.
1. The example of Israel’s 430 years in Egypt
a. Joseph’s unjust suffering and his response
b. The people under a Pharaoh who knew not Joseph – enslaved, first-born thrown into the Nile, bricks without straw provided and their response of crying out to God.
2. America also under the chastening hand of God
a. Terrorist attacks and endless wars – trust not in chariots and horses!
b. Unprecedented, out-of-control debt, economic turmoil wrought by those who control our so-called government.
3. The Christian response?
a. Turn to God and change the way we think and act, daily, seriously as never before on both a personal and corporate level.
b. Serve the King and all that advances His kingdom, of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.