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Devotion for 22 April 2020 - Wanting a real superhero

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends,

The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them! Psalm 16:3 (NLT)

Have you become bored with watching superhero moves over this lock down period?  Are all the plots starting to seem the same? You know bad guy tries to destroy the world and the superhero  against impossible odds prevail.  Do all the villains seem to be the same?  And do all the superheroes seem to have the same powers - super strength, super speed, super intelligence – super looks?   Or is it just the sheer number of superhero movies that are being produced by the studios that are turning you off the genre?   I think it’s a probably a combination of all these things, and to be fair the studios in an attempt to keep us engaged are trying to give their movies more depth by embracing racial and gender equality and environmentalism, but I wonder in  this time of crisis if the real reason these movies seem so dull is because we are actually harking after real heroes and not ones that just flit over a silver screen.

I find it interesting that one of the greatest heroes of the Bible, David, who slew the giant, Goliath, and was a famed warrior king in Psalm 16 doesn’t want to tell stories or sing songs about make believe heroes, but says the saints, the “Holy ones”  the ones’ who obey God’s commands and regulations in the land are the ones who are the true heroes and the ones we should be delighting in.

David by way of contrast tells us these people are the ones who don’t go chasing after other gods. In today’s context that would be the idols of fame, and wealth and power. 

True heroes he says are the ones who are content with what they have.  They know God is their treasure and inheritance, as David proclaims the lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 

True heroes are the ones who heed and follow God’s counsel and instructions, not their own or that of the ungodly.  They are ones who mediate and spend time with God even into the small hours of the night.

True heroes are not shaken in a time of crisis because they have set their eyes on the Lord and walk in his presence. 

True heroes, having accepted the salvation God offers through Jesus, can rejoice and be glad in hard times, because they know what ever comes God won’t abandon them in the grave, but will raise them to life in a resurrected body to enjoy a fullness of joy in his presence.

So, in the last weeks of this lock down don’t hark after a better superhero movie, be encouraged by the saints who have lived or live among us.  Be inspired and encouraged by reading a biography of the Christian heroes like Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Adoniram Judson, Gladys Aylward, Nate Saint, Corrie Ten Boom, William Carey and William Booth.  And who knows you may be encouraged to be the hero God wants you to be.

Prayer

Father thank you for the "excellent ones", the saints and true heroes that you have placed among us -  may their stories and example encourage us to delight and place our faith trust and contentment in you.

Amen



 

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