In light of recent societal events, I have much to say but I have much more to pray. I have anger and I have grief. I feel burdened and I feel disgusted. I no longer want to listen to the news. I no longer want to see the newspaper headlines. One online article after another: violence, death, injustice, hate — sorrow, brokenness, wondering. Wondering what direction this world is taking. How could we have reached such a place in time? Why can we not love one another and live in peace? Who is the next target? Where is the next target? The tidal waves keep crashing in.
I do not have the answers, but I do know the answerer. I know there is a time for everything, and I know everything includes all the joys and sorrows sweeping through the currents of this world. I do not understand the reasons, but I have faith in a hopeful purpose. In a torn and beaten world, there lies but only one creator of ultimate peace. There is but one maker of perfection and he is God, our father, who mourns for his lost and broken children. For God SO loved the world… God, whose love is jealous yet zealous, gives us freedom of choice. We have been given the liberty to choose love or to choose hate. Therefore, we must be careful not to blame God for all of the disasters and darkness nor should we solely plead for his grace and mercy.
Let us not forget we also have an enemy. The devil prowls around like a lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). The devil is deceptive and masquerades himself to appear as a angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). In a sinful world, it is easy to fall into his temptations.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God. |Ephesians 6:10-17|
This is our call. This is our hope. Be strong in the Lord and put on his armor. We are more then conquerors. We are made in love, so we must walk in love. We must recognize our God is Emmanuel, God with us. In seasons of grief he is there. He is in the waiting and in the pain. He has equipped us for these current times. If you are here today, you are here for a reason. Rebuke the devil and remember who the true enemy is. The enemy isn’t humankind. It is not ISIS or police officers or terrorists. Our enemy isn’t made of flesh and blood. Our enemy is the one behind the power of darkness. Let us rise as sons and daughters of the victorious one and stand firm on the days of evil.
When the world around us appears to be covered in a blanket of grey clouds, let us stay focused on the one preparing to make his way through the dark sky and bring to us a new life. This may seem like a time of massacres and gun shots, but I refuse to let hate and injustice have the upper hand. Brothers and sisters, let us reach to the hopeless and lift them up. Let us sit with the grieving hearts and share the hope of Jesus Christ. The harvest is plentiful! Don’t let the workers be few. Pray for a renewed mind and ask God what purpose you have in this mess. Troubles will continue to come and come stronger, but no one and nothing will defeat the strength of God.
I hear the great commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of the nations… (Matthew 28:19). I have the hope. I have the faith. Let us be instruments of God making music for which the tired and weary souls will stand and rejoice in the presence of our savior. In light of recent societal events my eyes can see the pain and suffering, but beyond the clouds there lies a grander greater purpose. In light of recent societal events, my heart believes in the Light, the light that pierces through the darkness.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. |1 Corinthians 13:8-13|