Australia on fire

As I watch these ferocious fires sweep across our land, my heart goes out to not only my family who have lost properties, stock and machinery, but the thousands of Australians who are displaced, afraid and grieving.

This is a stark reminder of just how precious every life is and how short our time here.

It’s also a reminder that material things we value can be burned up in an instant and to check our reliance upon such things.
1 Timothy 6:7
After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.

It’s easy to get distracted by glamorous houses, fancy cars and special conveniences while subconsciously making idols of these things.

Anything that takes our time and focus off Him is an idol.

Psalm 135:15 (TPT)
The unbelieving nations worship what they make. They worship their wealth and their work. They idolize what they own and what they do.

As we reflect on the situation around us let’s gather together in prayer and declare…
By your mighty power I can walk through any devastation and you will keep me alive, reviving me.
Psalms 138:7a (TPT)

A lighthouse of hope

Romans 15:13 (TPT)
Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!

My prayer for you today is that you radiate with hope in every situation you face.

Whoever you meet, wherever you are, let the hope that is in you overflow into those around you.

Christ is the Fountain of Hope in us, the reason we can be full of life, full of joy and abundantly blessed in every area of our lives.

Let’s not keep it to ourselves but radiate the glory of Jesus to bring hope in a dry and dark world.

For God, who said, “Let brilliant light shine out of darkness,” is the one who has cascaded his light into us—the brilliant dawning light of the glorious knowledge of God as we gaze into the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6 (TPT)

A ray of hope

Lamentations 3:21-25 (LB)

“Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his loving-kindness begins afresh each day. My soul claims the Lord as my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him, to those who seek for him”

Can you feel the anguish and agony of Jeremiah’s lament? The nation he loved had been destroyed and taken into captivity.

The sign of the prophet Jonah was nowhere to be seen in Jeremiah’s life, and unlike Jonah, he wept all the louder when he saw his nation taken away under force.

But in the midst of his lamenting, Jeremiah sees the truth, the ray of hope like a shaft of light piercing through the blackness of his dark dungeon.

He sees the God of mercy, the God of reconciliation, our God, who is longsuffering and full of unfailing love. He does not afflict willingly but rather desires to restore his fallen children.

God’s mercy had still kept them from complete destruction, His wrath had been held back enough to leave room for repentance that would enable God to pour out His love once more.

Amidst all the torture and heartache there still remained a compassionate God who, at our slightest turning would begin to pour out His mercy which comes afresh every morning.

Yes, it is true. Jesus is wonderfully good to everyone who waits upon Him and seeks Him out. Oh friend, there is still hope for you! You have not gone so far as to wander beyond the redemption of the Saviour.

“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us; that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth” Hosea 6:1-3 (NIV)

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