when not knowing where to turn

Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Acts 20:32

There is plenty of dribble and empty things to turn to in this information age online, and most of us have ready access to such. And I’m referring to matters even on the side of seriousness. Not to say that we don’t need some pleasant diversions along the way, some good, clean fun.

It probably is much easier to learn to tune out the political speak nowadays, since one finds that there is often not much substance to it at all. Not to mention that we too often are misaligned with the politics of this world rather than the politics of Jesus, the politics of the cross.

Sometimes when I write this post I don’t know what to write. Or sometimes I don’t know what to think or where to turn, even while we in Jesus know we need to turn to God in prayer. That is when we can be reminded that we need to turn again and again to the word of God in scripture, and the word of truth which is the gospel, the point of all of scripture.

That word has raising and staying power. As Paul told the elders of Ephesians, a word meant for them, but in turn for the entire church. The word of God’s grace, which is able to build us up and give us an inheritance among all those who are sanctified, meaning set apart to God and therefore holy.

Scripture gives us direction and hope, and a hope not only for us, but for everyone, for the entire world in and through Jesus. By faith and through baptism we enter into this reality in Jesus. By the Spirit we become grounded to God’s word, the inscripturated word of God, and particularly to the point of it all, the gospel which is the good news for us and for the world in and through Jesus.

And so, come what may, we need to be those who remain in God’s word in and through Jesus, finding the Word himself, Jesus in the midst of the word. And growing in the grace and truth of that, along with others in Jesus.

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