Credit: Glen Bradshaw, Definitive Light Photography.

As we prepare for Worship we are troubled – the looting of V.B.S Bank, the burning of trains, the appointment of yet another Finance Minister! Our neighbours, whom we are called to love, suffer through injustice. So let’s pause and listen:

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4.13).

Words of comfort! There is a sovereign Judge! Every lie and fraudulent act will be “laid bare”. All perpetrators must give account. A measure of justice is applied through imperfect human institutions (as we are now seeing). Justice will be perfected through God’s mighty Word.

But those are also words of challenge! We too are laid bare. We too must give account. We too are found wanting. There is Good News: through Jesus, our High Priest, God’s throne of judgment is also a throne of grace (4:16). We are no longer judged by the shame that covers us.

But if we reject God’s grace, turning our backs on Christ’s throne and living with careless ingratitude, we lose everything – in this life and the one to come.

God Bless,