You just thought: “James Bond,” didn’t you? Pretty famous set of numbers. The new James Bond film “Skyfall” is a great film. Daniel Craig makes an exceptional Mr. Bond (did you use a British accent when you read that name?). Oh, and Javier Bardem is a worthy and creepy adversary.
There’s one scene where 007 is fighting the villain on top of a train…in his suit, as usual. A hole is torn through the top of a train car and Bond jumps through it to the train floor. He gets up, brushes off his suit coat, and casually starts walking down the aisle. Realistic? Nope. But, we don’t go to see James Bond movies for realism.
Your life, though, is real. If you or I fell like that we’d be in the hospital for weeks (not that we’d ever, ever be fighting someone on top of a train!).
You have real problems. God is real. He understands real, actual problems. He offers to help you solve them, to get through them. Whether it’s a hiccup, a set-back, or a towering obstacle, God will come to your aid. You can count on him. Time after time after time.
You’re not a secret agent. You don’t go by a number. Your life is real. God is waiting to help you. Call on him. See what he can do.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41
Check out this trailer from “Skyfall.”
Do you like stories and films about revenge? When the main character who has been treated so badly turns the tables and reeks havoc on those responsible? Remember the horror movie “Carrie”? Carrie, who all the kids made fun of, was voted prom queen and her enemies dumped pig’s blood on her as she’s crowned. But then…she, with her powers, locked all the gym doors and burned the place to the ground. Vengeance.
It’s easy to give people what they deserve. It’s easy to go into a rage or spend time coldly planning a vengeful action. Revenge is a thoughtless reaction. What’s much more rewarding is mercy. Mercy is not giving someone what he or she deserves.
There is a classic book by Alexander Dumas called The Count of Monte Cristo. It is the story of a man falsely accused and sentenced, without a trial, to life in prison. The man escapes and he begins a life of revenge. But what makes the story a classic is as he gets his revenge he begins to change and he become merciful to those who hurt him. He realizes it’s only mercy that gives him the peace he desires.
God is a God of mercy. He looks at you and says, “You can’t be perfect. You have done things that are bad. So what do you deserve?” And then…then…he gives you mercy…his love and hope.
Do you or any of us deserve it? No. But then, that’s what mercy is.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 107
Lindsay Lohan was recently investigated as the perpetrator in an assault at a West Hollywood nightclub. She was accused of shoving another patron. In trouble…again.
Lindsay Lohan, actress, recording artist, model, and troubled soul. I like Lindsay. I first saw her in “The Parent Trap” when my kids watched it. She did a great job of acting in “Mean Girls.” And, she can sing, too. But…the drugs…the rehab…the arrests…and the repeating bad behaviors. She just can’t seem to get it together. So sad. So much talent. So much promise of greatness.
What Lindsay lacks, is that peace in life that allows you to deal with what happens. Bad things DON’T just happen to bad people. Bad things happen to everybody. They smash the will to live. But, God promises a peace that seems impossible to understand. It’s apparent in people when they should be falling apart. You’ve seen those people. You think: “How can she keep from losing it?!” Alone, she can’t. With the peace of God she can. The verse today even goes on to say that God’s peace stands guard over your heart. It protects and defends your heart. Man, in this world, that is hard to understand.
Life is tough. It’ll walk right up, get in your face, and punch you in the mouth some days. There’s a peace that could get you through times like that. You may not understand how, but it’ll get you through.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4