“…it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps…” (Jeremiah 10:23, NKJV) So wrote the prophet Jeremiah in a prayer of anxiety to God. Expressed in a time of national disaster, it is an acknowledgment of people’s failure to choose and walk the right way in life. In the past few weeks we have all felt shock, outrage, despair, horror at the awful situation that has unfolded in Afghanistan. The scale of the fear and desperation experienced by so many has been terrible to witness. Howsoever these events have come about, one thing is clear: humans find it extremely difficult, even if and when they have the best of intentions, to govern. Afghanistan has been a particularly stark and potent reminder of how bad things can become. The truth is, though, that no country in the world can claim to have founded the perfect society where all its citizens are happy, healthy and fulfilled. Why is this? Because all human beings, even those with good intentions and ideals, are themselves fundamentally flawed by their nature. And consequently not one of us is truly fit to govern others: we will all make terrible mistakes due to lack of competence, wisdom, goodness – or all three. The good news is that in the Bible God has promised – to all who will accept it, no matter what their background or nationality – to bring about a change in affairs in the world. One day He will send His perfect Son, the Lord Jesus, back to the earth to rule with all the competence, wisdom and goodness that he has already proven himself to have. King David wrote these words about this future time: “He will judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with justice… He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.” (Psalm 72:2-4) We believe we have very good reasons to hope that this time is coming soon. If we want to be part of it, we need to find out more about it now and commit ourselves to it. pershore.bible pershore-christadelphians.org

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