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“For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled” (Revelation 17:17).

Have you ever wondered why people act as they do?  Why do crowds sometimes do goofy things?  God can and does work all things together for those who love Him.  Everything and everyone has a purpose.  The irreducible and simple reality is that there are those who will turn to the Lord and seek His purpose and there are those who will use whatever resource is at their disposal for themselves.

Lord God, You have created all things and set up the rules that govern Your creation.  The faithful as well as the wicked use Your rules.  Every word You have spoken shall be fulfilled.  In an age filled with skepticism and unbelief, rekindle the hearts of Your faithful to seek You and obey Your Word.  Pour into Your church a desire to hear and understand that You alone are God.

Lord Jesus, the leaders in Israel plotted together and even one of Your chosen disciples betrayed You.  You have called me to walk through all that may come and be conformed to You.  Heaven and earth will pass away but Your word will abide forever.  Bring me to the place where I realize that these words are the truth, and the conflicting words of this age are not.  Lead me to learn from You how to live faithfully, trusting You above all things.  Amen.