As the new year approaches, like everyone else, I find myself reflecting on the past year. I thought we’d had some rough years in the past but this one has taken the cake! It’s been the roughest to date! We’ve been put in many positions where there was no other choice but to trust God. Who hasn’t? But all I have to say is that trusting God is much easier when that situation is completely out of your reach!
When you live with your situation, it’s so much easier to try and take matters into your own hands. When something is shoved in your face daily, it’s much easier to get the woe is me attitude, or to become hardened and bitter, and ask why me Lord? Why my family?! So, I suppose I have to ask myself, “Do I have to be shoved into a corner, with no way out, and no other choice, to trust God, or can I totally trust Him when I do have a choice?” Ouch! That hurt!
I can promise you that I desperately want to fully trust God! But that part of me that thinks I’m way smarter than I actually am, that flesh part of me, desperately wants to override the more sensible, way less erratic spiritual side of me! Plus, sometimes sin just feels good! But only for a moment! I need to tell y’all that I’ve allowed myself to get in a spiritual rut because of my circumstances. In a lot of ways they’ve really sucked! Like most of you know, we’ve been through a lot, and I’ve always been able to see God working things out, and I’d cry out to Him and hear lots of things from Him! But now? I just feel as if He’s being so quiet! Don’t get me wrong! I know God is working in and using our situation, but I don’t feel as if I hear from Him that much. Here’s something I’ve realized this past year.
We’re living in a some weird times! Lots of stuff is going on, most of it not good! There’s so much blatant, rampant, open sin that, quite honestly, it scares me! Never have I read a story in the bible where God allowed sin to continue! Never! I believe we, Christians as a whole, have become lazy and complacent. Maybe it’s because everyone is going through so much crap and it gets tiring!? Maybe we’ve been desensitized by the world…I’m not sure, maybe a little of both and then some! But whatever the reason, I truly believe that God is stepping back! He’s being quiet. He’s patiently waiting on His people to truly seek Him! Not just saying our morning or evening prayers, “God, please bless so and so. Look after us all and keep us safe! In your son’s precious, sweet name. Amen!” Then we may read a verse or two out of the bible, and we act as if we’ve been ordained as a minister! Pious, pompous bull! God is ready for us to seek Him like never before! I’m talking face down. Snot slingin’. Crying out to Him. Uniting as THE Church, and turning this world upside down kind of seeking!
We shouldn’t be fighting with each other over whether or not to let refugees in, or if Christians should carry guns. Which, by the way, I don’t think for one minute that God wants wimpy, passive Christians, who invite evil into their land, or who would passively sit back and allow an evil person to purposefully commit evil against them, or their family members, and not stand up for themselves! Legally owning a firearm, and using it sensibly is NOT seeking violence! And if you think so, then I believe your mind has been polluted by liberal bull. IJS. Nonetheless, Christians should still not be fussing over issues such as these! Agree or disagree, we’re still one big family, chosen by God, to do His will! Just don’t do evil things and you won’t end up on the wrong end of a gun…..of a legal, firearm bearing Christian that is! I can’t speak for all the evil criminals who don’t follow the rules!
So, who’s with me? I need the encouragement of my brothers and sisters in Christ! We all do! You can’t do life alone! You need to go to church and surround yourself with church people! We need each other! My new years resolution is to not allow my circumstances to dictate my way of living! And to do everything I can do to choose to trust God with my whole life and with every circumstance! And also to sensibly defend the gospel of Jesus Christ and my peeps!
Ephesians 4:1-6 I beg you—I, a prisoner here in jail for serving the Lord—to live and act in a way worthy of those who have been chosen for such wonderful blessings as these. Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Try always to be led along together by the Holy Spirit and so be at peace with one another. We are all parts of one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future. For us there is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and we all have the same God and Father who is over us all and in us all, and living through every part of us.
Luke 22:35-36 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you out to preach the Good News and you were without money, duffle bag, or extra clothing, how did you get along?” “Fine,” they replied. “But now,” he said, “take a duffle bag if you have one and your money. And if you don’t have a sword, better sell your clothes and buy one!”
Exodus 22:2-3 “If a thief is caught in the act of breaking into a house and is killed, the one who killed him is not guilty. 3 But if it happens in the daylight, it must be presumed to be murder and the man who kills him is guilty.