The world is a big fat mess. We allow the media to tell us who is the best person to lead us. We allow society to direct our culture and redirect our values and principles. We allow government to control our thoughts, our words, our spiritual lives. It's ridiculous. Especially for Christians. We live in liberty, under grace given to us by the sacrificial, submission of Christ to the cross of redemption for our very lives. We have everything we need to live an abundant life:
filled with peace,
consumed with love,
permeated with goodness,
saturated with hope,
assured of mercy. Everything.
Yet, we cower. We get all antsy and look to elections for hope instead of a Sovereign God. We place our faith in our choices rather than the God who allows those choices. We trust in pundits and reporters to stand as watchmen over our lives rather than being the watchman over the souls of men. I cannot control the "voices" that rattle on, day after day, nor those minds bent on force-feeding the world negativity, evil, and deceit to achieve an end that justifies their means. However...
I can control:
what I allow to pierce my heart with discouragement.
what I allow my ears to hear.
what I allow my eyes to devour.
Yes...I can control my time and where I spend it. I choose to look to the Triune God to direct my life by the inerrant Word He gave us. I choose to rely upon the Holy Spirit to keep in line with God's will and purpose for my life. I choose to rest in the promises of my Redeemer, Savior, and Lord to give me hope. I choose to resist the temptation to dwell on the mantra of gloom and doom and set my mind and heart on the blessings of God and the history of success through the Victor of the world. No longer is my life directed by laws written on stone. My life is directed by the Word dwelling within my heart and soul.
If only we Christians would each let God's Word dominate our lives rather than society's foolishness, we'd really be better off. No, I cannot control the world, I can only control how I respond to the world. And through the Holy Spirit I've been given fruit of self-control. That encompasses what I hear, how I react, what I do. I will not shudder, nor will I quake as the world gets messier and messier. The Word of God told us this is the way the world would go. The world would be a pathetic mess. People would be stubborn and not heed His Word-- would fall-away from faith they'd been taught. Children would rise up against parents. Decadence and debauchery would rule the hearts of man. Faithful doers would lose their First Love. Yes, the world is a mess. But folks, we have more than the world. We have everything we need to live a Christ-filled, Spirit-fueled life in God.
"His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3
God is in control. No one else. I can trust Him over everything, with everything, and in everything. Can you? Will you? selahV