Psalm 46:4-6 River fountains splash joy, cooling God’s city,
this sacred haunt of the Most High.
God lives here, the streets are safe,
God at your service from crack of dawn.
Godless nations rant and rave, kings and kingdoms threaten,
but Earth does anything he says.
Daniel 2:44-45 “But throughout the history of these kingdoms, the God of heaven will be building a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will this kingdom ever fall under the domination of another. In the end it will crush the other kingdoms and finish them off and come through it all standing strong and eternal. It will be like the stone cut from the mountain by the invisible hand that crushed the iron, the bronze, the ceramic, the silver, and the gold. “The great God has let the king know what will happen in the years to come. This is an accurate telling of the dream, and the interpretation is also accurate.”
Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Thoughts from Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
Perhaps we should place the sign on the wall somewhere in our homes:
Church life may be hazardous to your health.The Lord knows something we don’t: The Fall has left ALL of us in dire straights. Most of us are either extremely sinful or extremely religious. Or both! And further, I suspect that neither one of those states pleases God more than the other. Neither impresses Him. What HE does in us impresses Him! In the quarry which is Earth, each stone was in a different stage of completion. A rough stone was just being pulled free of the mother mountain. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer – 1906 -1945, Dietrich was hanged in Flossenburg concentration camp three weeks before Hitler’s suicide and the end of the Second World War. He was a pacifist who saw firsthand the evils of racism. Perhaps he died because of his political convictions and not as a Christian martyr, but he would have said that there was no distinction between the two.)