It’s hot and Saharan dust is swirling over many lands. Covid still abounds. Hate is marching in the streets. Do you, like me, find yourself sighing – a lot?
Man is not in control. We can’t control the weather. We can’t control pandemics. We can’t control the hearts of mankind. Yet the world each day wakes as though it can. With a big enough voice, control of the airwaves, enough money perpetrating actions – many think control can be grasped.
But that control is short-lived and then the next narrative comes along. Man fools itself. And until we surrender to God, who is in control, we will succumb to the next power grab and the next, endlessly. But there is hope: Jesus.
You might say, ‘Well if God is in control, why doesn’t He fix all this?’ Let’s go back to the beginning – choice. We were not created as robots. Everything that has happened for 6,000 years has been our doing. Fortunately, God does use all our messes for the good of those who love Him.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)
And nothing is a surprise or catches Him off-guard. Here’s where we are now, just as we were when Paul the Apostle wrote these words 2,000 years ago: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” (1Corinthians 16:13-14 NIV)
There’s nothing new under the sun. There have been pandemics since we started devolving. There’s been social unrest since the first man used another for forced labor. There’s been destructive weather events since the flood.
So we keep our guard up, knowing the enemy of our souls doesn’t rest. We stand firm in the faith, trusting God. We summon up courage when we ask Jesus for His protection – no matter the outcome. We are strong, in our weakness, because we let Christ be our strength. Finally, when we do everything in love, we are shining a light and a hope which our world is in desperate need of.
Love doesn’t destroy a country – it helps it prosper. Love doesn’t hate a President – it prays for him. Love doesn’t cower in fear over disease – it nurses the sick and continues to go about life so that poverty doesn’t defeat it. That kind of love only can reign in a heart filled with the Holy Spirit.
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