Unity from Diversity!
Verse for Today: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Genesis 10:12 – These are the clans of Noah’s sons, according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood.
God permitted the nations to spread throughout the earth as part of His design. They descended from a godly lineage, but eventually moved away from God and from each other. Man’s immediate temptation was to stand on his own ability and rallied around clans, languages, territories and nations with peculiar features and peculiarities. All wanted to prove how each group was stronger and better than the other, and thus promote human glory. But it all led man into idolatry and selfish ways of life. In spite of such individualism and parochialism in man, God kept loving man and gave him different ways to get back to Him over the centuries and ages. God’s love pointed towards the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross. God had designed His prophetic plan for each nation in the world which was related to how the nations feared God or rejected Him. He brought up choice men in all ages to be His mouthpieces. Even as God spoke, sin abounded because man was unwilling to turn to God in repentance. Several nations surrendered to the whims of Satan and his evil forces and acted against God and His anointed. They stood with Satan’s strategies to defeat the purpose of God in this world. It has enhanced hatred, crimes, conflicts, promiscuity and other abominable sins and made the world a difficult place to live. God’s children often get exasperated about their life in the midst of such evil and wonder for how long these will last. But God comes back to tell the world that things still move as per His design for the world and that those who follow His Word will enjoy the peace in all circumstances.
Dear friend, are you frustrated about the increasing godlessness that is seen around you? Do you wonder how you could live to please God in an evil environment? But God has given you the Holy Spirit to lead you on His track based on His Word. The abomination that you find around you is also foretold in the Word of God which speaks of a time when the world order will go back to the evil times of Noah. But God has given His children the grace to live a life that is pleasing to God in spite of circumstances and the sinful environment. God also shows us that those who turn to Him through Jesus Christ will be part of the great company of God’s children from all nations, tribes, languages and races. They are the members of the Church of God. Man diversifies and divides humanity because of sin, but God unifies His children from their diverse differences to one body. Today they meet in various groups all over the globe to worship in one spirit. But when they meet together with their Lord in heaven, they will worship Him in one language. All their differences will disappear at that time because they will then be like their Lord. Of course, all who reject the offer of salvation by God will spend all eternity in hell. But today God’s children have the privilege to live for Him and to be the salt and light of the earth so that others may be attracted to godliness. Today we experience the pain of diversity and disunity, but on the day of redemption, we will experience perfect unity, uniformity and unanimity. Today we live in a sinful environment of chaos and confusion with very little peace, but when we meet with our Lord, we will be in perfect peace and unexplainable joy. So let us not be frustrated about our environment, but consider it a privilege to shed the light of God into the dark alleys of this sinful world.
Revelation 5:9 – …because You were slain, and with Your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
Thought for Today
Today’s diversity will be turned to unity, unanimity and uniformity when we see Jesus!
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