27th July 2020

Two Ways:  One World

“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.  ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)

Recently we have seen the ugly face of racism come to the fore again. We saw the indifference shown by some as a 74-year-old man was pushed to the ground by a policeman.  The man suffered head injuries as other police walked past him on the ground.  This is a sad reflection of just one section of society, where what is unacceptable is tolerated and becomes the norm.

This is not the way it should be!  We have all been given by our God who loves us, freedom to choose, even the decision not to act or choose, is a choice we make.  God, however, tells us not to be lukewarm and indifferent.  There is a poem called ‘Half way down the stairs’ written by A. A.Milne in 1924; that goes:
Half way down the stairs
Is a stair where I sit.
There isn’t any other stair
Quite like it,
I’m not at the bottom,
I’m not at the top,
So this is the stair
Where I always stop.”

We are not called to sit on the stair/fence, but to be in this world—but not of it.  Good news!  There is a better way: God offers it to us through His Son, Jesus, who shows us that way, for He is the Way, the Truth and Life.  Through the Holy Spirit He leads and guides us in the way that we should go. Stumble or fail, Jesus is always there, wherever we are, to help us up, dust us off and walk with us.  He makes a way for us and empowers us through the Holy Spirit to do all that He asks of us.  His purpose will be fulfilled, for Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”( Matthew 28:18).

Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank you, for you are always with us, leading us in witnessing of you in our daily lives.
Amen

Study by Reg Newton

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About the Author:
Reg Newton attends the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International in the UK.  He and his wife, Pat, provide a prayer table for the community outside the Church each Saturday.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone:  01923-855570
Email: watford@gracecom.church

 

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One Response to “27th July 2020”

  1. John Rodgers on July 27th, 2020 12:07 pm

    Hello Reg , Thank you for the day by day article. You emphasise choice. This is what God gave us the right to choose. The 74 year old had a choice whether to join the demonstration or not, He choose to join it and suffered the consequences. It is very easy for us to follow the worlds way of thinking which is almost always to blame authority either the government or the police. As Christians we should follow the Bible to get what God says about it.
    In this case “Romans 13: 1 to 5′ comes to mind. The apostle Paul was writing about the government of his time. We can see that unless a government is asking us to do something which is against God’s law then we should obey and respect the authorities. John

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