Yesterday was a day of worship. A time of praising God. I played the piano for the St. Andrew's Presbyterian congregation. They are currently in the process of seeking a minister. They are a wonderful congregation. Any minister would be honoured to pray about a call to this congregation! Many prayers for this congregation.
Prayer: Great God, grant us to be faithful to You. Grant us courage as we go about our daily lives. Great God, grant us strength to do Your work here on earth. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Read St. Matthew 24: 15 – 22
What do you think of when you read the words: “The abomination that causes desolation”? Sounds horrible doesn’t it. Jesus then instructs the disciples that those who are in
Judea are to flee to the mountains. This is rather confusing for us but if we look at where Jesus is quoting, it begins to make sense. The “abomination that causes desolation” is from the Book of Daniel 9:27. Daniel has just finished praying, Gabriel appears and says to Daniel that his prayers are answered. will be rebuilt and restored…. but there will be a ruler who comes and destroys the city. War will continue. There will be one who decrees a covenant which ends the sacrifices and offerings. The one comes will cause desolation by offering pork upon the Jerusalem (and anything to do with pork is a huge no-no in Jewish laws). All seems hopeless….but yet, Daniel is instructed to continue living in God’s presence… to hold onto that faith and rest in God. Temple Alter
Jesus quotes this portion of Daniel so that the disciples will be reminded that there will be tough times….very tough times in the faith but to hold onto their faith and hope and rest in God no matter what.
Do we today continue our hope and trust in God no matter what? Jesus never said that the Christian life was easy. Jesus said to hold onto the faith with great hope and love in God and to rest in God.
Almighty God, we rest and abide in You. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage so that we can carry out Your work this day. And in everything, may Your will be done. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.