Hope in the Arabah - October 2021

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on October 12, 2021

I was surprised to find this view from St. Paul's Arabah. When you are on the far side of the campus, through the trees you can see both the cross of our current church and the cross of our 1905 church. What a wonderful reminder that in times of deepest trouble and fear, in our own "Arabah," there is hope in the cross. True in the 500's BC. True in 1905. True today. Watch the devotion here.  

Read about King Zedekiah's flight to the Arabah in 2 Kings 25 (click here) and Jude's confidence even in the darkest of times (click here to read Jude). 

Each reading of God's Word brings new insights. Today I thought of how long the godly in Jerusalem cried out to the LORD. The siege of Jerusalem lasted 18 months! The sword outside the city. Famine and plague inside the city. Can't you hear God's people crying out, "How long, O LORD?" The LORD was bringing judgment on the ungodly, but He had not forgotten his faithful ones. The words of the psalmist come to mind: "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints" (Psalm 116). 

LORD, hear the cries of your people today. Give us strength each day to bear the suffering of this world, and when our last hour comes, take us safely home for Jesus' sake.

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen (Jude 24,25).


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