When an incident, a change in the law, and/or closing of a route has no impact on us we take no concern for it and welcome the change. Consider the case of Paul being brought before the tribunal in Corinth. The case was dismissed because it didn’t concern Rome or the governor of the city. So to get revenge the Jews captured Sosthenes and beat him to death right in front of the tribune but he paid no attention to the matter (Acts 18:12-17). While this attitude certainly protects us from emotional involvement, the downside is that laws are enacted because we said nothing. While it is certainly convenient to turn a blind eye to the matter the thing is, sin never stays in a vacuum it will always affect us directly and/or indirectly. The problem is that by the time the sin indirectly affects us it is already too big to stop without reinventing the wheel and then we riot over it. For this reason, we need to pay particular attention to the condition of our homes, families, and communities. We may not have the final word but we can express our objection or support.
readings: Acts 18:12-17, Proverbs 27:24, Numbers 30
Thank you first of all for this beautiful day that you have graciously given us. I pray that I may ever be alert to what is going on in my world and that you will grant me power over my life. I pray for Ukrain, Uvalde, Oklahoma, Iowa, and many other areas that are experiencing problems. I know that relying on man’s version of peace is like trusting a piece of string to hold up heavy weights. May your good spirit guide me today and always. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).