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“Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.  And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 11:9-10).

The wicked rejoice in the death of the righteous.  The Lord loves being eternally united with those who love Him, but the wicked believe they are rid of a pest.  How foolish the wicked are.  They do not know that although they kill the body, they cannot kill the soul.  Do not fear the wicked who may laugh over your dead body.  Fear the One who wonderfully made You and has provided salvation for you.

Lord, You know how inconsistent, rough, and unsure the path of my salvation has been for me.  I say these words, but inwardly, I often struggle when I hear of Your fallen saints.  Help me to be reconciled so that my faith is not dependent upon circumstances, but upon You.  Lead me in order that I may come to the place where I have steadfast faith.  Let me learn how to never rejoice in evil, but always lament in its wake.

Savior, You came into the world when it was a mess.  It seems to be only getting messier.  Help me whatever the situation to look to You and know that You have prepared a way to walk in ways that are pleasing to the Father.  The world will laugh, but You, who know all things, have provided the narrow way for me to walk.  Guide me always. Lord. in the true way of life everlasting.  Amen.