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“And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of sexual immorality and lived luxuriously with her, will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come’” (Revelation 18:9-10).

How the mighty weep when their days of luxury are over.  Some of the mighty also end up in nursing homes, forgotten and unattended.  It is not that winding up in a nursing home is bad, but that the delusional do not think they are like the rest of us.  For those who have lived in a delusion, reality is painful.  Those who have lived immorally will also receive judgement against all wickedness.

Lord, the judgement is built into reality.  Those who live by grace may not like their situation, but they will still praise You.  Those who hate You and practice wickedness will become even more bitter as the delusion of this age is replaced with the reality that judgement brings.  No matter our circumstances, we are called to praise and honor You.  Affliction lasts only for a time, but to be with You in eternity is true joy.

Lord, help my unbelief.  When difficulty comes, I am tempted to cry out in aguish and ask, “Why me.”  Why not me?  Lord, You have allowed all that will come to pass to unfold with a promise to those who believe that it all has good purpose.  Lead me by faith to hold fast to Your promises and to live through whatever tests this life may bring.  Guide me, Lord, in the way of true living.  Amen.

Lord, help my unbelief.  When difficulty comes, I am tempted to cry out in aguish and ask, “Why me.”  Why not me?  Lord, You have allowed all that will come to pass to unfold with a promise to those who believe that it all has good purpose.  Lead me by faith to hold fast to Your promises and to live through whatever tests this life may bring.  Guide me, Lord, in the way of true living.  Amen.