Jeremiah 33:14-16 The Bible is full of God’s promises. Some are already answered, if we think carefully. Some will be answered shortly, as when we pray for better weather or healed relationships (which may require effort on our part). But some may not be answered for generations or even millenniums, as is the case in this scripture with that first promise that went back many centuries -- the promise of that branch from David’s line, meaning Jesus. It took so long that many of those in Jesus’ day did not recognize its fulfillment. Jesus is the Lord of righteousness!
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On November 4, 1979, the United States Embassy in Iran was overtakenby rebel students. For 444 days, they held about sixty American hostages captive. Efforts by then President Jimmy Carter to rescue them, failed miserably. The reputation of the United States Embassy of being a haven for anybody who seeks shelter and asylum was severely tarnished. The reputation of the United States in the Middle East would never be the same again. The U.S. lost its state of high esteem it once had in that region. What was God saying about the U.S. nation at that time?
The worst moment of Jake's life had happened some three years ago, when his parents had divorced. At least, it had seemed like the worst moment at the time. Since then, now he had grown thoroughly used to the situation, Jake had begun to enjoy it.
Probably one of the most frustrating responsibilities I have as a parish pastor is officiating at weddings. I would rather do a funeral than perform a wedding. It's not because I am filled with a great sense of morbidity. It's not that I delight in other people's suffering. Rather, it has to do with how receptive people are to ministry. At the time of death, people are much more receptive to facing the ultimate issues of life. They have a far greater sense of their need for the gospel. They have just experienced the limits of life and are primed to listen to the word of hope in Jesus Christ.
Look to this day, for it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course lie all the realities and verities of existence. The bliss of growth, the splendor of action, the glory of power. For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day. -- Sanskrit Proverb