Thursday 31 August 2017

Hope towards the City of God

Day 25 (31 Aug 2017, Thursday) Psalm 42:11 

Recently, I was at the airport with my family for a three-day vacation in a city.  Inside, I saw an advertisement hanging.  It read “God’s City”.  When I saw that billboard, it reminded me of a book titled ‘City of God,’ written by one of the greatest and most influential Christian theologians of the 3rd century, St. Augustine of Hippo.
His book was an eye opener for the 3rd century, as well as the present church.  His main concern was the difference between the City of God and the City of Man; one was built on the love of God and the other on the love of man.

Before St. Augustine wrote about the two cities, St. John the Apostle wrote similarly on the subject, while he was in the Island or Patmos.  He saw the throne of God.  For him, there was a New World and New Hope.  The New Hope was where God’s dwelling place and His Presence were.  St. John the Apostle is telling us that the city of man is mortal and the city of God is eternal.  Therefore, our hope should be for eternity.

For St. Augustine, understanding the city of God was primarily for peace, serenity and grace.  For St. John the Apostle, the New World and New Hope is a vision for the future.  It is a place built by God himself.

Therefore, let us have hope in God for our future.  We are making a pilgrimage on this land.  Look for God’s city, the New Jerusalem and the throne of God.

Pray for the Neglected and the Helpless

Ask the Lord to break our hearts and uproot our apathy and indifference for this group.  Ask Him to fill us with His love and compassion to see, hear and to be His hands and feet to reach out to the helpless and hopeless.

Uphold the NGOs such as Malaysian Care, Shelter Home and counselling centers, e.g. the Befrienders.
Pray for God to raise up labourers and for finance to be released into the work.

Commit those who are poor, lonely, and depressed to the Lord.
Pray for the elderly who were rejected by their children, the homeless, and those who were forced into prostitution.
Pray that the Lord will reveal Himself to those faced with afflictions in order to give them a hope and a future.

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