But God fights for us

2 Chronicles 20:15, 20-21 This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s…Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm…After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him in the beauty of holiness. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!”

1 Chronicles 16:29, Psalm 29:2, 96:9 Oh worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Hebrews 12:10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness.

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Even the costliest gems are not beautiful when they are dug from the earth. It takes vision to discern their worth. They must be scrubbed, examined under bright light, cut, ground, and polished. They may bounce around for hours in a tumbler.

Is it worth all that, to make a stone shine? Thousands of years of history say yes.

Is it worth all that, to make the Body of Christ shine? His treasure, for whom he gave his very life? Thousands of years of history say yes.

She is soiled, broken, fragile when she was meant to be strong. She has squirmed away from his discipline and committed wrongs, from grievous to mundane. She seldom shines.

Yet God sees her beauty, her preciousness. He has staked his reputation on her victory over darkness. The Lord only disciplines those he loves.

This is God’s word to me today: Don’t be afraid. Don’t be discouraged. Praise the Lord in the beauty of his holiness, which he wants to share with us. Give him thanks, for his faithful love endures forever.

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