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Nomad’s Log Day 2
More and more lately I have been growing more worried and concerned, honestly, about everything.
- Is Australia still on fire? I can’t believe at least half a million species are wiped out.
- Syrian children going hungry? How much money can I donate?
- Neo Nazis asserting their racist rhetoric in America?! What century is this?
Oh wait! Let’s not forget the struggles my community and I (Detroit) face locally or my own personal worries.
Well, today, I expressed my worries to the Holy Spirit I told him I am worried about the current state of affairs, especially in terms of Christianity as many of us are seeing more and more people turn away from the faith. And I see more and more believers refusing to read the Word of God in favor of listening to 25 cent preachers and teachers who tell us what we WANT to hear but not what we NEED to learn for eternal value.
I see the continual acceptance of lifestyles and the nuance almost comfortable view we have towards sin creep into our churches and sitting beside us in our congregations. Finally, the Lord says to me surrender your worries to me. “7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. and receive my peace which transcends all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7) I knew immediately Jesus was not ignoring my concerns or making light of the worries I was praying about.
Of anything, He prophesied and told us what to expect at the end of days. Matthew 24:3-8 says,
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains. (For the full text read Matthew 24)
Today, as I was speaking to Him, Jesus was saying “shift your focus.” See things from God’s perspective and see how everything Jesus prophesized and the Word of God has written is coming to pass, for God is not a liar and His words will complete His purpose.
He was saying, if I am a child of God then my I have no business worrying and stressing out. I know who is on the throne. I know whose kingdom I reside to. I know who is in control. In exchange for my worries, Jesus gave me the grand and glorious gift of peace, as He promises to every child of God. Unlike the world’s peace, the peace of Jesus Christ is impenetrable and cannot be earned or bought. Such peace, trusts in Jesus whose power overcame the world and triumphed over all evil. We can say we’re afraid because the Savior of the world stands behind us. He did what no one else could.
God wants us all to trust in Him and receive His peace, because worry conveys the idea that we can understand what is out of our control. Nowadays, as life grows darker, God does not want our limited understanding of the situation or our analysis, because our understanding of God’s providence opens the door to questions, and many times our spirits are not ready to accept answers to difficult questions or can comprehend God’s brilliant mind.
I mean could we handle answers to questions such as these:
- Why did my mother have to die?
- How could I have cancer? Why me?
- Why couldn’t I look like her or him?
- Why am I not married yet?
- Why am I unable to have children?
These are all difficult and heart wrenching questions to the traumas we’ve faced and these questions follow our steps because they’re burdens weighing on our hearts. We feel even more pressed to get an answer from the Lord. So, when Jesus tells His disciples, “Peace be with you,” “do not worry,” “do not be afraid,” He is advertently saying, “Do you trust me? Do you trust my Father, your Father to take care of you?”
Or do you think you can figure out life all by yourself?
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