I have seen much hatred, fear, disappointment, shame and slandering going on around these elections. What’s disturbing to me is that what is being shared has little to do with faith or portraying the faithfulness of God. I’d like to challenge those of us who believe in God and follow His word: What message are we sending online and to those in our circles? How are we talking about the leaders voted in or awaiting final results? Are we living by faith or fear? Is love readily on our lips and in our actions?
Too much is being placed on men and women. How can one be disappointed in a people when we have done nothing to reach those people for Christ? We cannot hold others outside our circles to the same standard, especially when we sit and don’t live out our faith the way we are called.
We must look to God and seek His forgiveness for our lack of faith, our own sins, our poor attitudes, and our inaction towards the lost. Perhaps we are seeing the fruit of our labor or the lack of it? I don’t want to place blame on any one person or group of people because it’s complicated and not solely on one group.
Instead, I’ve been asking God to reveal anything in me that needs to change. Instead, I’ve been asking for forgiveness for my inaction and moments of delayed obedience. It breaks my heart that I have had a role in what I am seeing and living in now.
But things CAN change. There is an undercurrent, something hidden amidst all of the mess that is occuring. It is good and miraculous! I know this because God does not change. He is faithful! He is hearing our cries for mercy on our nation. He has turned His face toward us and is listening, desiring to bless us again.
Listen and obey.
Wait with great anticipation and excitement.
Listen and obey.
God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
While each of us are seeing summer transition and school begin amidst these strange times, I am so grateful for life. It doesn’t matter what may be going on because God never changes and His plans for us remain. His plans are always good.
Dreams are still coming true!
Some days I do not even know where to begin. Amidst all the pain, changes and transitions His goodness bounces off the walls and envelopes my family. My family! I cannot even grasp my love for them. I have no words for this time. Sweet moments come here and there, enhanced by battles raging back and forth. Forward, back and forward more. What matters is that love overflows in the hearts of my family and laughter fills their bellies. Tear stained eyes will become bright in time just as the sun breaks through after a storm.
My heart has broken in ways I never thought possible these past several months. Depravity continues to become more depraved, sinking lower until I hardly know which way is back out.
Jesus is so grand and marvelous! He pulls me out of that muck in an instant. Light breaks through the darkest dark and the horrors of the night. He is always there. His presence consumes everything. Today, tomorrow and then by God’s grace, years and years from now, it will be worth it all. He is helping me see His might and strength, as well as His love and gentleness, defeat the graves intended to keep those I love from living.
From the depths of who I am, gratitude flows.
Just wait… Make sure you don’t miss Him through it all. Notice the miracle of life. Dancing on graves will become the new normal.
It can be easy to get caught up in what has been lost or stolen at any time of our life. There is a time to grieve and mourn. If you are in a time of mourning whether due to the virus or other life events…
Maybe your business is suffering or you’ve lost your job. Perhaps someone has passed away or this quarantine schedule is wearing you thin. Maybe you continue to wait for breakthrough in your health or other circumstances and it is a struggle to see right now.
All of you. Everyone! I will shout this, whisper it to your heart and speak it for the rest of my life: God is faithful! He is faithful! His steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 136)
You may not be able to see it right now but blessings are coming your way (double blessings!). His strength is for you today! His joy is yours today. His peace is for right now. He is for you!
Do not blame him for the tyranny of this virus. Do not blame him for the loss. Blame the devil and then tell him where to go because he is losing and has lost… Celebrate the victory. Because no matter what evil may come to try to tear us apart it will not prevail.
God is faithful! He always has been faithful and always will be.