It can be so overwhelming. The tragedy. The ache of loss. The senseless evil that exists.
It can be easy to feel hopeless, to want to give up and raise our arms and say "I'm done".
To keep our kids home, to not travel, to live in a bubble of fear and caution.
Would be so easy...to just get by, flying under the radar.
But...we are called to more. We are called to walk in faith and not in fear.
"The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1
We are called to lift the arms of others when they cannot, standing in the gap for them in prayer
"When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up--one on one side, one on the other--so that his hands remained steady till sunset" Exodus 17:12
We are called to seek His face and trust Him even when it hurts and doesn't make sense.
"My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek"
"In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?" Psalm 56:4
Some are calling for Jesus to return to us now.
There is much work to be done my friends. There is a field ripe with harvest of hurting people that need to hear of the good news. They need to know the end of this story.
"Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
They need to know evil does NOT triumph in the end. That good wins out and that the battle has already been fought and won.
This is the time. The time to walk in confidence of the One who has rescued us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to rid the world of all evil.
Do not simply tuck yourself away from the evil because it's messy and painful.
Do not give in to fear and do not only think of yourselves and your own family.
Selfless love is what we are called to.
Let's live it out, this gospel. In the toughest, most ugliest times.....
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy."