God made the entire world. God made the entire world GOOD. God LOVES the entire world. Those three statements are true; therefore, WE are to care about the entire world and those who inhabit it. This means our prayers and concerns must include believers and nonbelievers, law-abiding citizens and law-breakers, English-speaking and other language-speaking, old and young, smart and not smart…you get it? EVERYONE lovable and EVERYONE unlovable, we are to love with agape love.
The Bible is about God. The Bible is God’s way of revealing Himself to us. We learn about God through His creation and through his relationship with a group of people He picked to be His spokespeople. Israel was chosen by God and blessed to BE A BLESSING TO ALL NATIONS. God chose the ones He chose because He is God and knows what He’s doing. Israel was not the biggest, the best, the smartest, the wealthiest, or any other adjective that would be a reason why WE might pick them. Israel was like we are: ordinary. In God’s hands, the ordinary becomes extraordinary.
During the month of December the spiritual guide reveals that God’s plan of salvation has ALWAYS been for the entire world. God is concerned about all nations because nations are formed from people God made and loves. As you read these Scriptures, pray for all of God’s world. When one part suffers, we all suffer. What can we do to alleviate the suffering? What can we do to be God’s people, blessed to BE A BLESSING?
Merry Christmas! Bobbie Denny, spiritual lay leader