Hey friends, how are you today? Really… I took the time to listen today. How are you? Can you believe June is here already? I mean really! January was just a few days ago, how is it possible that we are already in the month of June? As the pandemic loosens its grip on our world, busyness has once again become the norm. Except there seems to be a more pronounced shift in the things that matter, especially in our lives, as Christians.
There appears to be among us, the attempt to control our own little environments. The past two years literally ripped control out of our hands because most of us were unprepared for such an event. Who knew that such a catastrophic incident could happen in our era? Although history informed us of similar pandemics in the past, the idea of such a thing happening today was unfathomable, especially for that length of time. But here we are…
Most of us stayed home, of course we didn’t have a choice at the time. We huddled in our little worlds and held on even more tightly to the little we could control. As time went on and seemingly there was no end in sight, some lost their way. Quite a few Christians seemed to have given up on this “untrustworthy God”. Of course, most of us will never actually say such blasphemy words, but surely our lifestyles confirm this story.
Does not trust equal surrender? Does not surrender equal worship? Does not worship equal obedience? When we fail to obey does that not say we believe our God is untrustworthy? He must be, right, else why do we fail to surrender our lives to Him?
I would dare to say this shift among us as Christians to take control of the people and things that matter most to us rather than surrender it all to the God of the Universe occurs because we don’t know Him. We really do not because if we really know, that we know, that we know for our selves that His Word is His bond then we would know that those that matter most to us are safe in His Arms.
On Sunday, in our Ladies Sunday school class, we talked about our reasons for our failure to surrender our lives to the Lord. The number one reason most of us cited was that we didn’t believe in His goodness. And that’s the truth, isn’t it? We don’t believe that God is good. We say the words, but our fruitlessness display unbelief. If we believed in His goodness, then obedience would follow.
We’ve allowed the pandemic to draw us away from the Holy One, rather than toward Him. We’ve taken our eyes off Him and placed it on the immaterial things around us; more government control, less government control, more gun laws, less gun laws when the truth is what is truly needed is for more Christians to believe in the tested and true goodness of God because it is then we will go before Him and surrender it all into His keeping.
So, in the meantime, we squabble and fight among ourselves and we tell the world that the God of the universe can’t be trusted because He isn’t good. We tell the world we can do better than God because we are more loving than Him. We pick up our causes and allow them to divide us and our common enemy laughs.
What’s our soul worth? What do we own that is equivalent to the cost of our souls? Our houses? Our cars? Our causes? The tighter we hold on to these things, the more we are likely to lose it all, because we should remember that our good and trustworthy God will not share His glory.
Believe that the things and the people that matter most to us are safe in the Hands of the God of the Universe. He is more than able to keep them and us right along with them. He is big and mighty enough.
There is none more loving, more kind, more generous, more forgiving than our God. There is none more faithful, more merciful, and more gracious. We would know that if we spent more time with Him. The more time spent with Him, the more He makes Himself known to us. The more He makes Himself known, the more likely we are to believe He is worthy of our trust because He is always good, all the time. He cannot be anything else but good because His very nature is good. He is the pronouncement of good. When He says something is good then and only then can be be good.
May we choose to demonstrate to this world, that Jesus IS the Answer. Not only IS HE the Answer, but He also brings us answers and solutions to our problems. We do this through our surrender and obedience to His Word.
What do you do differently today that you didn’t do before the pandemic?