"Seeing round corners ....."
Dear Friends,It’s often said that it is just as well that we can’t see around the corner about what is coming down the road towards us, because if we could we would find it all rather too alarming and perhaps, like rabbits, we would become frozen in the on-rushing headlights of life – better to take it one day at a time. Indeed, in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus told us ‘Do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself; each day has enough trouble of its own’.
But there is a difference between worrying about tomorrow, and living today is such a way that we are prepared for tomorrow whatever it may bring. In our Daily Bible Readings this month we are taking a look at some of the minor prophets, Micah and Habakkuk from before the Exile warning of what was to come if the people did not return to God’s ways, and Haggai and Zechariah speaking about why things had gone wrong encouraging a better way of living post-Exile.
The life of the Kingdom of God and its people is characterised by love, justice, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, hope, integrity, peace and joy – well that’s the beginning of a list. What got the people of Israel into such trouble was that, instead of living in these ways, they had selfishly pursued wealth and power, with all the conflicts, injustice and oppression which flow from them.
Would following the ways of God have saved them from the Babylonian invaders? We don’t know – after all there is unjust suffering in this world, mostly but not exclusively the result of human choices. But imagine what a difference it would make to the world, to politics, to community, to how we do business, to relationships, to families, if we lived today in the pattern of God’s Kingdom, prepared to face tomorrow rooted and grounded in that way of living. Imagine it ........ and live it!
Rev’d Stephen Cooper