I know these are hard days. I feel them too. But I’m also seeing God at work, even now, maybe especially now in the midst of the chaos that is 2020.
I’ve heard these words from several different young people around me in just the past couple of days. They are all in their twenties—
“Maybe I’ve valued America and my comfort more than I’ve valued my faith.”
“It’s honestly already humbling me and showing me how much hope I’ve placed in earthly things and not the Lord”
“God is in control as my girlfriend has had to remind me in this all. God may be humbling America with this election. Just as the Israelites wanted an earthly king that God knew they didn’t need, he allowed us to choose. We must have faith that God will find glory through this somehow.”
““Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 - Regardless of what happens this is still true! “
These thoughts are deep. These young people are applying truth to their lives.
These hard days are causing them to trust God more and hold tighter to Him! That is evidence of the Holy Spirit at work!
What’s more, another young girl, only in middle school, was talking about how she feels alone because so many of her friends are choosing the ways of the world and starting to do things that she is not. She then said, “but I’d rather have Jesus and feel alone and even unhappy than not have him and think I’m happy.”
God is moving. He is raising up some spiritual warriors!
He is stretching. Remember, He has often done amazing things through His children in the hardest of days. Why would we think He isn’t doing that now with the trouble and chaos all around us?
Yes, what we see going on around us is concerning…but there are GOOD things going on our human eyes cannot see.
God is at work in the hearts and minds of His children. May He give us eyes to see that. May He encourage our hearts with that.
And may we, more than ever, seek to help each other stand firm in the truth that is the Word of the Lord.
These hard days may also give us greater insight, “2020 vision”, as to who is truly a Christ follower and who is not. It’s going to become harder to straddle the fence.
Are you prepared to give a reason for the hope you have? Are you daily, diligently seeking the Lord through His Word and prayer? Are you praying with your families? Are you checking on others? Are you helping the poor and loving the lost? Are you standing for truth?
“Therefore , brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near”. (Heb 10:19-25)
Our God is victorious!
This is not a time to shrink back! We are not those who shrink back!
“But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, “Yet a little while,
and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” (Heb 10:32-38)
❤️Remember who you are and whose you are!❤️
“But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” (Heb 10:39)
Please pray for me as I seek the Lord on what book of the Bible to study next.
God rules! He has us! Let’s keep encouraging each other with truth all the way home!