Every day, the news is filled with stories of sorrow, pandemics, murder, and tragedy. Thankfully, there are some good stories mixed in as well. However, all the stories of sin and evil, combined with a pandemic, is enough to feel robbed of our sense of safety. Our feelings of security are ripped away as Satan laughs at the destruction he brings. As a result, many are left wondering where God is and if He is aware of what is happening down here on earth and if He even cares.
1 Chronicles 16:11 tells us to search for the Lord and His strength and to seek His face always. In a world full of sin and brokenness, the only place to find strength is in our relationship with Him. Our security is in the sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus whereby we can believe on Him and have our sins forgiven.
As we place our faith and trust in Him, we become a new creation. The old sinful person is gone and a new creation emerges. Our “2.0” self comes complete with the love, joy, and peace of God while sin was deleted. It isn’t even in the “deleted files” to be recalled – just in case. Psalm 103:12 says that God has removed our sins from us as afar as the east is form the west. And in Jeremiahs 31:34, God says, “I will forgive their iniquity (sins), and I will remember their sin no more.”
As a forgiven, recreated, child of God, I have safety and security in Him. Psalm 91:4 says: “He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.” That doesn’t mean that we will never face the trials and sorrows of this world. But it does mean that we are eternally protected and there is nothing Satan can do to us that will cause us to lose our eternal security that we have in Christ. In John 10:28, Jesus said, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” None of us know the moment our life will come to an end or how that will occur, but as a child of God, I know where I will spend my eternity. Do you?
While we can find peace, comfort and security in knowing we belong to God, there is a lost world who desperately needs Him. They are searching for Him. They feel a void in their souls and try to fill it with drugs, alcohol, sex, careers, hobbies, and anything else that will give them a few moments of joy. It’s up to us to bring them to Christ.
For as long as God has us (Christians) on this earth, He calls us to be salt and light to a dark, depraved, uncaring, selfish world filled with hatred and evil. We are to be His witnesses whether that it is in our home town, state, country or around the world. The truth of the matter is, this world is not going to improve until Christ returns and Satan’s day of rule and reign on this earth is over. That might sound rather bleak and depressing, but Revelation tells us this is exactly what’s to happen.
Because we know how the story ends and because of the amazing grace Christ showed to us, we should then go about our everyday lives sprinkling salt and light everywhere we go. God doesn’t want anyone to perish in hell. We should feel burdened for those who are lost and earnestly seeking God for a revival in our lang. Throughout history we have seen great revival awakenings occur when Christians humble themselves before God, pray and seek his face and turn from their sinful ways. When we do this, God promises in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that he will hear us from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. If there is ever a time that America and all the nations around the world, needs healing and forgiving of sin, its now.
Many of us will pray for those lost and wounded in this senseless act of evil, but will you also spend some time humbling yourself before God, praying for our nation and yourself and seek His face and turn from any sinful ways? Will you ask God to hear you, forgive you and our nation and heal our land? Ask Him to send a revival awakening and ask Him to let it begin in you.
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