March 22, 2019
Psalm 27:14 reminds us to “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait I say, on the Lord!”
What are you waiting for today? Are you waiting with active anticipation on the Lord? Do you expect Him to show up and be who He is and do what He does?
Waiting on the Lord isn’t passive – you’re not just waiting around for anything or anyone. You’re waiting on The Lord!
How then do we wait? The Psalmist says that as we wait we are to “be of good courage.” What does that mean? The writer of Hebrews reminds us encourages us here: lift up your drooping head and strengthen your weak knees – make straight paths, run with perseverance, strive for peace and holiness, let no bitterness take root, do nothing unholy or immoral, while you wait.
I note that the Psalmist does not guarantee the Lord will remove the cause of the heartache when He arrives. The Psalmist says that the Lord shall strengthen your heart. So, as you wait for the Lord today, wait with hope and faith and great expectation, knowing that no matter what, everything will change when the Lord shows up! Wait for it!
In this first hour Carmen talks with Matthew Hawkins about states as laboratories of democracy and the importance of engagement by Christians in local issues:
- a story out of Wisconsin where court slammed city for egregious disregard of religious freedom
- the rising tide of pro-life legislation (pain capable, fetal heartbeat, personhood) at the state level: surveying headlines from Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Iowa, Ohio and Kentucky. But also the reality that others states are going in the other direction: late term and even post-birth abortions (infanticide) in New York and beyond.
Matthew also highlights the persecution of Christians abroad, highlighting the plight of the internally displaced people in Nigeria.
Next, Dr. Jamie Aten talks about disaster and our response to it. They cover concerns in Mozambique, the flood ravaged states across the U.S., and the reality when disaster strikes in our personal lives. Jamie offers encouragement and equipping for those dealing directly with disasters and those responding to the needs of their neighbors.