I know that it's difficult to grasp at a time when it seems that the world's hatred of Christianity is growing exponentially, but everything... EVERYTHING that happens in this world is allowed by God. Don't ever think that He isn't in control. I've always loved Romans 8:28, but today it speaks to me on a deeper level.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (NKJV).I'm not going to get into politics, because I decided long ago that this wouldn't be a political blog. It's no secret that I'm no fan at all of the man currently residing in the White House. That said, I once had to remind myself that God allowed him to be put in that position, just as right now God is allowing everything that is happening to occur. He has never not been in control. That doesn't mean a great deal of what's going on right now is pleasing to His eyes, He just is allowing it to happen.
Every day spiritual battles are fought. We have large portions of the population up at arms over a battle flag right now while our brothers and sisters elsewhere are being beheaded, raped, and burned. I wonder where our priorities are as we fight these battles? Are we forgetting that the war was already won? No, I'm not talking about the Civil War, but the war between God's perfect plan for us all and the sin that separates US ALL from the glory of God (Romans 3:23). It was won on the cross when God's perfect, blameless son sacrificed himself so that THE WORLD should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). The ultimate expression of love was Christ's sacrifice on the cross. He was in control that day, every day leading up to it, and each day since, and He did it for each and every single one of us. All we have to is accept Him.
Today as I continued my study of the Psalms, I came across Chapter 37, Verse 8.
Over the past few weeks I have seen a great deal of anger, more wrath than I care to, but mostly things that are rooted in fretting, worrying, allowing fear a place in our hearts. We are letting fear hammer out our faith. It isn't easy seeing Matthew 10:22 in action. Jesus never said following Him would be easy though. We should just remember to put into practice Psalms 34:13 & 14:Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;Do not fret— it only causes harm (NKJV).
Keep your tongue from evil,In the end, it doesn't matter what nine people wearing robes say. It doesn't matter whether flying any certain flags is allowed or not. When all is said and done, they will all turn to dust. I am not pleased with most of the recent decisions by our land's highest court. I couldn't care less about a battle flag that really only does belong at museums. I certainly don't hate anyone. America may be changing, but "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." My faith in that is far greater than any fear I have. My God certainly is. I may be hated. I may lose friends, but I 'm held in the hands of the Creator. Fear has no place here.
And your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry (NKJV).