united through hope
By Rob Eifler
July 28, 2020
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2 Chronicles 21:1-23:21
I spent my time in college studying American history and learned in that time that history often repeats itself. I can’t recall in my time studying the United States an era that was more divisive and less united than it is now. I remember growing up, people could engage in political discourse, discuss their religious beliefs and be different while still being united. Today we live in a time when it can feel very isolating to be a Christian and the political spectrum is more divided than ever.
In Romans 11, Paul preaches unity. Later on in this chapter we see Paul use the imagery of an Olive Tree of which God is the roots. This is to show Gentile and Christian Jews how they are both part of God’s plan for those two groups of believers to coexist. This is very easy for us to translate today as it feels like our society is divided in all sorts of ways, but God intends for us to all live together as one.
Reading this passage today I can’t help but think about God’s plan for us to be united not only as a church body but as human beings. As many of us feel hopeless in this time it is also easy to connect to Psalm 22, where David cries out to God for rescue to be saved from his enemies. I can’t think of how many times I have cried out to God asking for help, feeling hopeless in the times that we live in.
Despite how hard it may seem, it is important to remember that God has a plan for us in all of this. I noticed in our neighborhood that an older neighbor had lost their cat. In a small effort to help, I posted their paper flyer onto Nextdoor and to my surprise someone found the cat! I did very little to help but it made quite the impact in the life of our neighbor. Keep your eyes open for the ways that you can help people. Nothing brings us closer together than lifting up others.
Do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root but the root supports you.
— Romans 11:18
Prayer to start with: Lord I pray that we remember that we are all created in your image and help us love everyone as you love us. I pray you keep giving us ways to help those around us and that we are able to keep our eyes and ears open to recognize those opportunities.