If He Isn’t There…

Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,
in the city of our God, his holy mountain. Psalm 48:1

Every now and again we get glimpses of heaven and the God who reigns there. Here in this passage the writers are talking about a holy mountain. Something grandiose, something huge, something holy because the Lord God is there. We tend to glamorize heaven and what it will be like there with the streets of gold and harps and all, but if the Lord God Almighty is not there, it wouldn’t be heaven. Heaven is just one more of God’s marvelous creations. Him being there makes it heaven. It’s a simple concept but so easy to miss.

And so it is on earth. The absence of God in a place makes it truly “hell on Earth.” Ukraine, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and other nations are in the news lately for being incredibly harsh on Christians. For many, it’s their “hell on Earth,” but it tells you something about what’s happening in those lands. Don’t for a minute think the church will be stamped out in those lands.

On the contrary, the reason for the persecution is because the politicians are getting nervous about what’s happening. What they rarely understand is the dynamic nature of the Church in times of persecution: it grows in proportion to the persecution, which totally goes against all reason and logic.

So, choose one of those nations above and pray for the Believers who are wondering what’s happening in the world around them.

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