One mystery chronicled

With some deep rooted fortitude, an uniquely embedded substance in the human psyche. That has allowed people to prevail when the odds seemed insurmountable.

If you do not know what I’m referencing, concerning fortitude, as an unique embedded substance in peoples psyche. Ask a solider engulfed in combat, who should have died, but miraculously survived. The same question can be put to any policeman or firefighter put in similar circumstances. Scores of ordinary men and women minding their own business are suddenly thrust into some drama requiring fortitude. When the drama is over, they can not explain how they got the courage to do the unusual.

Then their are people, terminally sick, but who refuse to die. Causing even the medical world to look on in disbelieve. It is the jewel of fortitude in their psyche that will not allow them to give up on life.

History gives us the most fortuitous examples of all time. Its found in the life and death of Jesus Christ and his disciples. Who would ever have thought Christianity would have survived, after the murder on the cross of the movements leader. Followed by the execution of many of his disciples. But Christianity did survive, and through the centuries, the Bible pays homage to the many saints who rose fortuitously to the occasion. They did so because fortitude is that unique God given quality that allowed them, and us, to rise to the occasion. Unfortunately, not all who arise to that occasion, are able to walk away to talk about their experience. But fortunately there are those who have, and as noted, are available to discuss that deep embedded jewel in their psyche or soul. Zechariah touched upon this jewel in his book. When he recorded these words, “… and formed the spirit of man within him,” Zechariah 12:1. Job put it this way, “…the hand of the Lord has done this. In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all humankind,” Job 12:10.

God is the giver of life. The very breath, you are breathing, at this very moment, is a precious gift from God. It is God’s life force that connects us to him. Observation shows us that life can continue under many difficult circumstances. We see people in wheel chairs others with seeing eye dogs. They have life through the breath of God. While countless numbers today, not in need of a wheel chair or a seeing eye dog. Will lose their breath and die. That breath given to us by the very hand of God is the only substances that separates the living from the dead.

So you see, fortitude that deeply rooted substance in our psyche or soul is God himself. When necessary, it is God who raises people up to accomplish the insurmountable. “… and lo, I am with you always …,” Matthew 28:20.

We need to be mindful of our importance in the scheme of God’s order and with great reverence. For the Psalmist note prayerfully, and so should we, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained. WHAT IS MAN THAT YOU ARE MINDFUL OF HIM? AND THE SON OF MAN THAT YOU VISITED HIM? FOR YOU HAVE MADE HIM A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, AND HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR. You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet. … O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth,” Psalms 8:3-9.

And then from perhaps the most universal know scriptures by countless numbers. Even by those skeptical of scripture exhortations because people are universally drawn to these scriptures, though they fail to grasp the depth of the Twenty third Psalm. Which reads, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; he leads me in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley and shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall fallow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

There fortitude is not only chronicled but captured for you. But if you really want to understand what was chronicled and captured. Quietly think and upon these words, “Be still and know that I am God,” Psalms 46:10.

Easy Fix

This padre spends tons of hours reading and studying the scriptures. Then matching them with additional hours of study with breaking news from around the world. And at times, it works the other way around. With breaking news that might be a insight from God concerning the approaching end of this current age. Which strikes me in a particular way, and sends me scripture hunting for greater insight and understanding. No matter which way it plays out, what is happening in our world today is suggestive that our future is not very bright.

So how dim will things get? Disturbingly horrible, so that there will be no tranquility anywhere on the face of the earth. So for the insightful peace of soul and mind is available. By turning to Jesus, who will made the dim bright. And it comes from two very profound statements, he made. “For then, shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor shall ever be,” Matthew 24:21.

I have pondered that statement by Jesus, and wondered, what tribulation occurred at the beginning of the world? That caused Jesus to say, until this time, so, what are the events of this time that will never happen again?

First a word of caution, do not allow your self to be fooled by the words ‘THIS TIME.’ Some scoff at such statements reminding us that, Jesus said that more than 2000 years ago. And here we are a very advanced society, and the tribulation of badness hasn’t occurred. Proving that the Bible is just a lot of nothing. With people like this padre, trying to make something out of nothing. Understand this, ‘THIS TIME’ is a work in progress, and you can count on the tribulation of badness to occur. Maybe soon, or maybe centuries from now.

So lets first look at the tribulation that had occurred at beginning of the world. “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it REPENTED THE LORD THAT HE HAD MADE MAN ON THE EARTH, AND IT GRIEVED HIM AT HIS HEART. AND THE LORD SAID, I WILL DESTROY MAN WHOM I HAVE CREATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH; BOTH MAN AND BEAST, AND THE CREEPING THING, AND THE FOULS OF THE AIR; FOR IT REPENTETH ME THAT I HAVE MADE THEM,” Genesis 6:5-7.

“But Noah, found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God,”verses 8-9.  And God instructed Noah to build an ark, verse 14. “And behold, I even I, do bring a flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath life, from under heaven; and everything that is in the earth shall die,” verse 17. “But with you will I establish my covenant,” verse 18. And everything died, verse 21, except for Noah and those sheltered in the Ark. And God provided humanity with a second chance, Genesis 8:15-22. “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them. Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth,” Genesis 9:1.

And that settles the statement made by Jesus that a new tribulation will sweep the world that had not been seen since the beginning of the world. This is the other profound statement that Jesus made that will bring peace to the soul and mind. Because the next tribulation the worse ever, and never to be duplicated ushers in this Christ consolation. “And except those days should be shortened, there should be no flesh saved; but for the ELECT’S sake those days shall be shortened,” Matthew 24:22.

The easy fix is to find grace in the eyes of the Lord. And to be seen by God, like Noah, as a just person, and perfect, in ones generation. And then to walk with God, as it was said of Noah, by God. And maybe God will use you to spare humanity, yet again from a promised tribulation.

Next time, events that might suggest that our tribulation in the world that has never been seen, or will ever be seen again, might be closer than anticipated.