Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Sadness of the Coming Days

Two days ago in Lakewood, WA, four police officers were shot and killed in a local cafe`.  There were no warnings this would happen, there were no words exchanged, no visible reason could be seen in the incident.  But, the similarity between the ambush and the killing of the one officer at the beginning of the month were eerie...could it be the same assassin?  As the day progressed, they found who their suspect was...a very disturbed individual who was suppose to be serving a life sentence in another state far away, but mysteriously was let out only to be arrested again and let out on bail again...why???

Nothing happens by accident...there are reasons we cannot understand, maybe it is our fault for not praying enough???  Maybe it is our fault for forgetting God as a nation???  There are always the fall guys...but what is the real reason he was let out?  God forgive us!  It isn't any one persons fault...it happened...and by all accounts it is suppose to get worse as time creeps towards the end...not very excited about that, it is maddening and distressing and discouraging and we demand justice...but there is no justice...'because they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.'  (Isa. 5)

Today I heard that the suspect was shot and killed last night...I am relieved that he was found and no one else was killed by this cold-hearted person filled with such hatred...but I am sad that he died not being forgiven and will be forever separated from God...

What terrors await us in the coming days...more senseless crimes and murders..more tragedies and natural disasters...more fear...more chaos not known to most of us here in America...a great sadness and apparent hopelessness.  Will we be prepared for this?  Will we be able to stand against such things?  God help us!  We are weak, we are but a shadow of what we should be, we have placed our trust in men and they have failed us, we have not looked to the Lord and trusted in Him!  God forgive us!  We have let ourselves grow fat and lazy!  We have despised the way of the Lord!  God forgive us!  We have traded our good things for that which perishes!  We have forgotten the Lord and must return to Him!  But, will this nation turn?  It is a pattern, it is laid out...the abominations are great like that of Sodom & Gomorrah or the days of Noah...and are growing it seems daily.   We have compromised with the world for security, for comfort, for pleasure...and is it any wonder that Jesus asked, 'will I find faith on the earth' when He returns? 

God forgive us for not following You!

Asleep in the Light

Do you see, do you see
All the people sinking down
Don't you care, don't you care
Are you gonna let them drown

How can you be so numb
Not to care if they come
You close your eyes
And pretend the job's done

"Oh bless me Lord, bless me Lord"
You know it's all I ever hear
No one aches, no one hurts
No one even sheds one tear

But He cries, He weeps, He bleeds
And He cares for your needs
And you just lay back
And keep soaking it in,
Oh, can't you see it's such a sin?

Cause He brings people to you door,
And you turn them away
As you smile and say,
"God bless you, be at peace"
And all heaven just weeps
Cause Jesus came to your door
You've left him out on the streets

Open up open up
And give yourself away
You see the need, you hear the cries
So how can you delay

God's calling and you're the one
But like Jonah you run
He's told you to speak
But you keep holding it in,
Oh can't you see it's such a sin?

The world is sleeping in the dark
That the church just can't fight
Cause it's asleep in the light
How can you be so dead
When you've been so well fed
Jesus rose from the grave
And you, you can't even get out of bed

Oh, Jesus rose from the dead
Come on, get out of your bed

How can you be so numb
Not to care if they come
You close your eyes
And pretend the job's done
You close your eyes
And pretend the job's done

Don't close your eyes
Don't pretend the jobs done
Come away, come away, come away with Me my love,
Come away, from this mess, come away with Me, my love.

~Keith Green

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