I have to say that 1 Kings 2 reminded me of the end of The Godfather when all family business is settled. It was bloody and violent and I really don’t understand why so many people had to die.
There is a word that I kept hearing, even as I read the Psalms: vengeance.
Vengeance- infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who has been harmed by that person; violent revenge
violence, revenge, harm. Why?
Maybe it’s the day I’ve had. Maybe it’s the conversations I’ve been privy to. Maybe it’s all the mud-slinging media. Maybe I’m just tired of it, but the reading today was unsettling. I’m unsettled.
All of this death and war makes me long for another place. The rule of man here on the earth makes me desire for the rule of heaven. My spirit longs for kindness, love, order, mercy, justice…
Lord, where is the hope?
“Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
Is that possible? Can Your Kingdom come? Will Your Kingdom come?Sometimes it seems so bleak down here.
The I think of my Jesus standing there with his followers. He looked around and saw the guy who would betray him, the tag team who wanted to press the smite button, the one who would pretend that he didn’t know him, the one who would doubt his word and the ones who would run away at the first sign of danger. This was his “A” team.
So, if He, who knows the end from the beginning could look there in between the past and the future and say with confidence that heaven would come to earth, who am I to disagree? If Jesus prayed those words, then I can too.