Devotional by Jim Short based on Psalm 107 vv 1–16.
For 100 years of the Poppy Appeal we have remembered the cause, the commitment and the cost and we are indebted to those who fought for our freedom and future.
In 1989 the Berlin Wall came down and the East experienced the (mythical?) freedom of the West. Since then we have secured the Brexit deal, yet still wrangle over fishing rights and frontiers in Ireland. We are desperate for an end to the slavery of Covid and are trapped in an environmental nightmare. When will we be free? What is our future?
In Psalm 55 v. 4 David is fearful of death and cries out in v. 6: ‘Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.’
At the COP26 Conference the Creator of the universe never had an invite to attend or was asked His opinion or asked for guidance to deal with this global situation. For centuries man has called on God in his distress and God delivered them out of their pandemic as our reading from Psalm 107 shows.
God says in Jeremiah 29 v. 11 ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.’
In the film Brave Heart William Wallace dies screaming the word FREEDOM yet he failed to obtain it. Jesus said in John 8 v. 36: ‘If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.’ Through His death and resurrection He saves from Death, Destruction and Despair.
It’s time we remembered the forgotten God. His thoughts toward us are of peace, to give us a future and a hope.
God does hold the key to the future.