I gave up facebook almost a year ago and I am so glad that I did. As I scroll with my husband on his account, I am reminded of what a broken, disgraceful, self-absorbed, messy world we live in. I see headlines and posts about the attacks on Paris, Muslims, Syrian Refugees coming to the USA, liberalism, common core education, starbucks cups without snowflakes, political correctness, bashing our president, and so much more. Not to mention all the personal posts about how life is grand, or life sucks, or look at what we have, etc, etc, etc. I am sure you get the idea of what is out there, you may even be reading it in your own scroll.
I began to ponder the question so many ponder. Where is God in all of this? I am not a politician. I am not versed in law, world affairs, government, political parties, etc. But as I read about these events taking place in the world, as I see families being torn apart in my town by divorce, abuse, infidelity, and more, I can’t help but wonder what the heck is going on.
The only place I can and will go to find my answers is the Good Book, The Bible. I happen to be studying Isaiah right now and oh my goodness! It is almost as if God placed this book in my hands right when I would need answers to all that is happening in our world today. The kings of Isaiah’s time all fell short. Some to idolatry, some to prayerlessness, some to unbelief, legalism, pride (that’s a big one). Each time these kings found themselves in troubled situations, God reached out to them. Some accepted His hand and some refused it. Those who accepted His hand were blessed. Those who refused it were defeated. This is a very simple, basic synopsis of what I’ve been reading about. It goes deep and it is long. But the principle remains the same. God wants to help us. Will we let Him?
Our fight in this world is not against terrorists. It is not against Muslims, Christians, Jews, Democrats, Republicans, Communists, etc. It is not against our nasty neighbor, our abusive parent, our cheating spouse, or our dysfunctional school system. Our fight is a spiritual war against the devil. It is the devil who is causing all of these divisions in our world. He is tempting everyone, using everything, and he is getting his way. He has us fighting ourselves!
We sit here and wonder why is God not doing anything to help us, to save us from this suffering, to take this away from us. But He is, He has, and He always will. We are just not accepting the hand He is extending to us. I am so thankful that God is so patient with us. 2Peter 3:9 tells us that “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Don’t you see? God is waiting patiently for all to repent! He is giving us chance after chance after chance! And when we repent, as individuals, as families, as neighborhoods, as cities, as states, as countries, WE WILL BE BLESSED! The Lord wants to protect us and He wants to deliver us from this evil. Our culture and our country is saying no, loud and clear. Everywhere we go, God is being forced out and the devil is being invited in. We are getting exactly what we have created.
Isaiah 61:1-4 promises the deliverance of those in bondage.
“The spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.”
Our freedom is in Christ alone. He is the deliverer! He is the one who can release us from this world. No political party or military plan will work without Christ. It doesn’t matter if we accept or reject refugees, bind or release prisoners, secure our borders or keep them open. Without Christ, we have nothing. Our country needs to repent and praise God. Until this happens, we will be under spiritual warfare.
I cannot wait for the return of Christ on the earth! What a glorious and awesome day that will be! But I am also so thankful for His patience in trying to reach all of His lost lambs. He is waiting for us, all of us.
Instead of living in fear, let’s stand united in Christ. Put on His armor. He is our strength and our shield. Let this political situation be an opportunity for us to stand together as one, not divided. Let us minister to these refugee families as they come into our country. Let us share Jesus with them. These kids will be in our schools, they will live in our neighborhoods. Let us not be fearful. Cry out to God for His strength, His words, His direction. Let us show these people what a peaceful nation can look like. Take down the signs of hatred, the political party labels, the denomination disagreements. Let us be ONE in Christ! Let us welcome all who come to us and let us be humbled with the opportunity that Christ has given us to share His love with them.
Are you up for the challenge?