Welcome to Faith for Daily Living
The Word in Your World
Lord God help me not to make rash and hasty judgements about people or about situations. Hold me back from unwise decisions, or from opinions I haven't thought through properly. When I speak, help me to be careful, thoughtful, and sensible. Make me ready to apologise when I am wrong. In the name of Jesus Christ I ask it. AMEN
God of the city, God of the tenement, and the houses of the rich, God of the subway and the night club, God of the cathedral and the streets, God of the sober and the drunk, the junkie and the stripper, the gambler and the good family man; dear God, help us to see the world and its children through your eyes, and to love as you do. In Christ. AMEN (Monica Furlong)
Lord God help me today to be light for you to others. If they are sad, help me to let them know that you care. If they are lonely help me to know just how to stand by them. If they are depressed show me how to help them to move forward with hope and new vigour. And enable me to spread love. Everywhere. Through the Spirit of Christ. AMEN
“I myself will teach your people, and give them prosperity and peace”.
Isa 54:13 GNB
One of the terrible consequences of war, after the appalling loss of life, is the waste of materials and the consumption of resources involved. Factories that in peace time produce useful goods to enrich people’s lives get converted in wartime to producing armaments and promoting death. Peace is essential for countries to flourish. War is waste. They knew this two and a half thousand years ago when Babylon overran Israel and laid the country to waste.
Isaiah saw through the suffering and pain and dared to hope, to think positively and to look ahead. He knew that God was planning the return of the Israelites to Israel and that the fertile countryside would produce crops, that the people would prosper and human flourishing would thrive. It was going to be a different story from the defeat and failure of the previous century. He did not tell them that it was going to be a long, hard slog as well! But it was. Building up the city from ruins wasn’t easy. Rehabilitating the farmlands took time. And the people were quite dispirited when they started. And there were enemies waiting to “queer their pitch”.
God wills his faithful people to enjoy success. He hopes that they will know prosperity and make progress in this world. Poverty and failure usually mean loss of dignity and lowered human potentiality.
Christians should not glorify prosperity. They should seek to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to enhance human life in both direct and indirect ways both for themselves and for other people. Peace means human development, progress, forging ahead, and the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Christians are for all that.
Lord, grant peace and prosperity for all your people.
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