3 months ago Before You Even Ask
The Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 30–31; Mark 15:1–25
Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 65:17–25
Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
My friends Robert and Colleen have experienced a healthy marriage for decades, and I love watching them interact. One will pass the butter to the other at dinner before being asked for it. The other will refill a glass at the perfect moment. When they tell stories, they finish each other’s sentences. Sometimes it seems they can read each other’s mind.
It’s comforting that God knows and cares for us even more than any person we know and love. When the prophet Isaiah describes the relationship between God and His people in the coming kingdom, he describes a tender, intimate relationship. God says about His people, “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24).
But how can this be true? There are things I’ve prayed about for years without receiving a response. I believe that as we grow in intimacy with God, aligning our hearts with His, we can learn to trust in His timing and care. We can begin to desire what God desires. When we pray, we ask for—among other things—the things that are part of God’s kingdom as described in Isaiah 65: An end to sorrow (v. 19). Safe homes and full bellies and meaningful work for all people (vv. 21–23). Peace in the natural world (v. 25). When God’s kingdom comes in its fullness, God will answer these prayers completely.
How might you participate in bringing God’s kingdom to earth? What will you ask God for today?
God, thank You for always hearing my prayers. I trust that You love me and are working all things together for good for those whom You’ve called. Please transform my desires so that I want what You want.
3 months ago “New 100 demons are going in the night” 「新案百鬼夜行」
In Japan, in the past, at midnight, demons and youkai were walking in groups, so it was said that it was better not to go out at midnight. The demons and Youkai that walk in the midnight are called the Hyakki Yako, and people are afraid to meet them. It was said that if someone met, he would die if he didn't recite the sutras or set up barriers. In the middle of the Heian period, the high grade Onmyoji Tadayuki Kamo was walking at night with his young apprentice, Seimei Abe, in Kyoto. Then, Seimei felt an extraordinary sign. "I feel the sign of the demon and youkai." When they were on guard, demons and youkai appeared in the darkness of the distance. This is Hyakki Yako. Tadayuki Kamo cast a spell to disperse Hyakki Yako. Tadayuki sensed Seimei who got suspicion of Youkai, an extraordinary talent as Onmyoji. Seimei Abe was later taught by Tadayuki Kamo and became Japan's leading Onmyoji.
すると、清明はただならぬ気配を感じました。 「物の怪の気配を感じます。」 二人が警戒していると、遠くの暗がりから、鬼や妖怪が現れました。