Since Election Day falls on Tuesday, I have decided to mesh Taste Bud Tuesday with some thoughts on Jesus. Here’s the connector: comfort. Comfort Food; Comforting Thoughts.
Let’s start with Jesus.
I was reminded tonight when my friend Kristen forwarded me an email she’d gotten about Obama being the anti-Christ and possible links between him and Revelations, of what fear really is. Her email was only one line, “What do you think about this?”
Honestly, my first thought was anger. Must we also ‘persuade’ people using fear as a cattle prod? Thankfully my indignation dissipated quickly into thoughts of what Jesus had to say. After telling his disciples about his soon impending death, which had to have been scary on levels we cannot imagine (seriously, what if you’d spent 3 years traveling with Jesus, watching Him perform miracles and teach and baptize and turn the religious notions of the day on their head- and then he told you He was going to die and you couldn’t go where he was going– seriously people- now that would’ve been frightening!) Jesus said this to them:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am..”
So even if, for the sake of argument, Obama is the anti-Christ, that is certainly no more frightening for us than it must’ve been for Jesus’ disciples to hear He was departing from them in death YET Jesus encouraged them NOT to fear. So this whole spirit of fear that I’ve been hearing and you’ve been hearing around the water cooler at work and maybe even in your church, its not from God.
I know that’s a strong statement and I don’t normally say things so definitively, but I feel confident that its just not from God. Fear is something people use to get desired responses; its a human condition based on a lack of trust and the plain uncertainty of life; its an affliction that should be reserved for our Enemy who actually has something to be afraid of!
I can’t find the location of this verse, but I know at one point or another I put it to memory “For God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power love and a sound mind” (Maybe its not an exact verse, but it was at least a Scripturally based song on Gospel Bill years ago, ‘member that? *grin*) Romans 8 reminds us that we’ve no need to be made a slave again(because its what we are called out of!) to fear but to remember we our sons and daughters and can come to God with the intimacy of being His Children…
Before Jesus even came to earth, Isaiah prophesied He was “a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” and that there would be no end to the increase of His government or peace. If you start freaking out today, remember that. Remember that even if the anti Christ is near and the beginning of the end is upon us, that what is being ushered in is the Kingdom of God! We aren’t to be shaking in our boots and wringing our hands over which measly, earthly man we are going to call President- NO! We aren’t to be feeling the Enemy’s fear for him! If the end is upon us, then let our Enemy feel his own dread and fear while we stand confident before the throne of the Wonderful Counselor, our MIGHTY GOD, the EVERLASTING FATHER, THE PRINCE OF PEACE.
Let your mind really consider Who is letting us breathe His air and Who is the One who has set the planets in orbit and has numbered each of the days…this well of all Wisdom and Counsel, the One who is All Powerful (much more than even the ‘leader’ of the free world), the Father (‘Abba’: think on Him with the tenderness of that word) who has no beginning and no end (kingdoms will come and go, but God is Alpha and Omega!), think on the Prince of Peace…and let not your hearts be troubled, my dear friends.
Tomorrow our country ‘decides’ what God is His Great Provision has already set into motion. We who love Him and obey His commands can wake up in the morning without an ounce of concern, because we know one way or another He is coming back to get us someday so we can be with Him. If that happens in our lifetime, than so be it. Come even now, Lord Jesus!
Ok. Whew! Now make yourself some warm soup and snuggle down in some good , comforting and true thoughts about Jesus, ok?
FRESH TOMATO SOUP w/ Crispy Herb Toasts
8 slices of whole grain baguette, 1/2″ thick
1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
2 tsp of chopped fresh oregano
4 tsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp cold pressed olive oil
1/2 small yellow onion, diced
1 tbsp tomato paste
1.5 cups low fat milk
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
Preheat broiled. Arrange baguette slices on the broiler pan and top each slice with a sprinkling of basil, oregano and cheese.Place about 4 inches from the heat source and broil until cheese melts, about 50 seconds. Set aside.
Peel, seed and dice tomatoes. In a large, heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and paste and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and summer, uncovered, until soup thickens, 20-25 minutes.
In a blender of food processor, puree the soup in batches until smooth and return to pan. Stir in milk, salt and pepper and reheat gently. Ladle into individual bowls and serve with toasts.