Jews, Christians and Muslims all proclaim that “the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.” For we are all children of Abraham our father in faith. And yet, when we look around our world today, much of the conflicts, wars and terrors are wrought by these very same adherents and believers in the One God. There can be no greater height of irony than to see the Kingdom of God proclaimed through wars and acts of violence and hatred.
In the same breadth, I know from my personal life and experience that God is in control and everything I have is a gift from Him. In my day, I was a very diligent and dedicated worker. Yet I was able to accomplish more than I thought was possible. This could only have been because God was alive and active in my work. A good friend once told me, “If this be the work of God, it will prosper.” But even when my work did not prosper and ended in disappointment, I still somehow felt God’s loving presence, holding my hand and guiding me as I navigated through difficult times.
I pray for our community of believers that we may fully understand and live by the thing that make us one – the belief in one God. I pray that God will finally lead us to the realization of His Kingdom, that we more and more experience events and situations that will tell us that “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”