When I can’t sleep
I always seem to find myself writing late into the night when my husband is away and it always seems to be the times that I have no idea what is going to come out. I close my eyes, say a quick prayer and invite God to guide my fingers to the right keys to form the right words. Tonight as I am sitting here I am encouraged to invite you all into my prayer. So please, join me.
Dear God, I want to lift up my readers to you today. I pray that you would guide them to a place of peacefulness, rest, and action. It has been a week of great tragedy, much division, and just pure chaos. I pray that you would give us your wisdom before we speak and your ear to listen to others. I pray that families would be united and divisions would be bridged. You are the mighty healer, the calm comforter, the strong warrior, the ultimate judge and the most loving Dad that any of us could ask for. Please help us to know how to be your hands and your feet. We all know that now more than ever we are a world that needs to see you in one another.
Why is there so much pain?
What is our world coming to? Why is there so much pain and chaos all around? We are watching cities being destroyed by hurricanes, there are train bombings in London, a massive shooting in LA, but really we know there are shootings happening every day somewhere. Cops are hated for killing innocent people. People are fighting addictions. Children are kidnapped, women are raped, we have a massive sex trade industry happening in front of our eyes. Kids are dropping out of school, parents are getting divorced, teens are running away. We have young girls with eating disorders, boys that are being bullied so bad that it’s illegal.
We have a giant mess of pain and sadness in our lives every day. None of these things may be personally affecting you, but if you turn on that tv or surf the web there is no way you can be human and not be affected by the devastation that you are seeing. Where is God in all of this?
He is not far from any one of us” Acts 17:27
I strongly believe that God is in Heaven and in all of his strength he is profoundly sad. He has plans for us. Plans for his sons and daughters and they are not plans to seek and destroy. There are so many times that I hear people question where God is when disaster and heartache strike. If there is a God how could he let this happen?
Here is the truth in that question. God is where he has always been and forever will be. He is with us, in the hearts of the people who love and believe in him. Does that mean we are perfect? No! Definitely not, no one will ever be perfect except for Jesus. God didn’t say that he was the controller of people. He is the creator. There is pain and suffering, devastation and loss because of the evil that was allowed when sin entered the world through the serpent tricking Eve into eating the apple from the tree of knowledge.
Let’s get back to God being our creator. Yes, he created us. Yes, he knows all things. Past, present and future he knows them. He does not control all things. God is a creator in love. He did not want a world that had to follow him or that was forced to love him. He gave us free will. The will to make our own choices, and he still grants us that same free will. He didn’t make us God following robots. It is our choice not only to follow him, and to love him but also to choose our own actions. God isn’t killing people, God isn’t sending people out to do awful things in his name, he isn’t looking down in joy at what our world is coming to. He is sad and disappointed I am sure. Heartbroken and angry!
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13
We have Satan who is the temper of all things. He is evil, it is because of his evil that his final destination will be the pits of Hell. Satan is powerful and he knows what our weaknesses are and he preys off of them. He seeks out those who are the weakest, those who are the farthest from Christ and he uses them to destroy all things good.
You may be wondering why then as Christians we are still part of the problem. Well, it’s quite simple. Although we are Christians we are still sinners living with the same free will that the non-believers have. We are still targets for Satans attacks and most of us are not strong enough in our relationship with God to always win. God is strong enough of course, and he will come and help you battle when you call on him. Our problem is that usually when we are far enough away that Satan can attack and do some real damage, those are usually the times that we think God has left us and we have to do it alone. Therefore, we don’t call out to him for help.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
Do you hear what I am saying? GOD IS HERE! He is in you, and He is in me. Do you let others see him? Are you using the abilities that God has given you to fight for good? Serving others, greeting strangers, are you dropping to your knees and praying? There are so many of us that think there is nothing that we can do, but we are wrong. We may not know what to do but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t something.
Everyday choices that we make have a domino effect. When you change one person’s life, that gives them the chance to change another person life and so on. Wake up followers of Christ! We have a world with so much pain and suffering. This world needs to see Jesus and see that he is alive today. We need to be the hands and feet of Jesus that they see!
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:9
Stand up, volunteer anywhere you have a passion. Talk to that stranger that looks sad, volunteer with kids and teens at church. Touch one life to touch another. Are you a Christian with an addiction that is hurting? Get the help that you need to get healthy and then tell Satan to stay the heck away. Are you in a marriage that seems helpless and unhappy, yet you know that as Christians he calls you to stay married? Get help, go to counseling, start dating each other again. Fall down on your knees and ask God to intervene and heal your relationship. Are you a Christian survivor of any kind? Go out and help other survivors. We all have a story, we all have a testimony. If you have Christ living in your heart then I urge you to show him to the world!
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:9-13
Now is not the time to hide away. Nor is it the time to be afraid of upsetting someone by talking about Jesus. Now is not the time to expect someone else to do what you can do. It is not the time to hear and yet ignore what God is calling you too. Now is definitely not the time to sit back and allow Satan and evil to destroy our nations. Get up, take a deep breath, count to 3 and then go! Put on your spiritual armor and go!