“YOU WILL BE HATED BY ALL FOR MY NAME’S SAKE. BUT NOT A HAIR OF YOUR HEAD WILL PERISH” (Luke 21:17-18)
????Dan 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28; Ps 3:40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 (R.v.40b); Luke 21:12-19
Do you think you are suffering in this life? Are you hated by people? Why are you suffering? Why are you hated?
Some of us suffer for wrong purposes. Consider the reason for the handwriting on the wall of the palace of King Belshazzar (cf. Dan 5). In this case, the king was not suffering for God’s sake but for standing against God.
If your suffering now even when all your hope is in the Lord, “by your endurance you will gain your [life]” (Luke 21:19). But if it is for the wrong purpose as in the case of King Belshazzar, change that you may live (see Ezek 33:11).
Indeed, God does not want us to perish. Hence, he continues to write on our walls through the different experiences we have on daily basis. Are we able to learn from these experiences?
We pray that God may continue to be patient with us and draw us into the light of his face as we wander around in darkness so that we may keep away from the pit of destruction but dwell with him for ever in his kingdom of joy and peace. Amen.
Have a grace-filled day with the Lord. Peace be with you.