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A Light of Hope, When Confronted With Dark Reality

Scripture readings:

Habakkuk 2:2–5

And the Lord answered me: 

“Write the vision; 
make it plain on tablets, 
so he may run who reads it. 
For still the vision awaits its appointed time; 
it hastens to the end—it will not lie. 
If it seems slow, wait for it; 
it will surely come; it will not delay. 

“Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, 
but the righteous shall live by his faith. 

“Moreover, wine is a traitor, 
an arrogant man who is never at rest. 
His greed is as wide as Sheol; 
like death he has never enough. 
He gathers for himself all nations 
and collects as his own all peoples.”

Philippians 3:1–9

Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. 

Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—

 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version, (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016).