Frozen to Emboldened Faith
A heaviness weighs on my heart as I think of the horrendous tragedies going on within our world every day. It seems the world has gone completely mad, and yet life is still moving ahead.
Where I live, schools and businesses are open, no masks are required, and no vaccine mandates are happening. We have our home, food on the table, we’re able to attend in-person church, and my husband has a stable job that supports our family. To all of this, we give glory to God for our stability and health.
But as I look at the rest of the world, it seems to be crumbling. Each day brings more shocking news. I’m appalled at what is being labeled as “truth”. So much of what this world projects is completely contrary to the actual truth.
I’ve found myself frozen on many occasions. Not sure what to do (or not do) with the state of this world we’re living in. I’ve found myself questioning…
What is my place in all of this, God?
How can I glorify You and not get consumed by this world?
God specifically tells us that our peace does not come from this world. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
God knows all that is taking place in this world- all of the atrocities and heartaches that we could never bear to truly understand or know. If our hearts ache for even the slightest of these tragedies, how much more does God’s heart ache in all that He sees and knows of His creation?
God instructs us to trust Him and not be afraid. He knows we will be tempted to live in fear. But we are to not live by what we see and hear in this world. We are to live by trusting in the One who came for us and created this world and all that is in it. He knows the beginning from the end. And He loves us more than we can comprehend.
If we are constantly choosing to consume worldly troubles and opening up our hearts to the fears of this world, we will not have peace. For some, like my husband, you may be called to a job or position that brings you to terrible circumstances. You may witness the darkest sides of humanity, but God has equipped you for the task at hand. He has called you to push back the darkness in a very specific way.
For others, you may be called to push back the darkness through nurturing the young minds of children, caring for the elderly, encouraging and building up those in the faith by sending cards or letters. We shine the light of Jesus when we live out the calling God has placed upon us- no matter how small or big. And we can do it any place where God has called us to be- even in isolation.
Our hearts will be tempted to be weighed down by this world, to become frozen. But when we look up to God and what He has done, we will see that The Light has already conquered the darkness. Now we are instructed to walk in that light, boldly (1 John 1:5-7). We are to not let this world trouble us or become afraid (Joshua 1:9). Only God can direct our hearts and minds in this way. This cannot be done by our own free will. Praise God for these gifts of peace and boldness!
The days are so short and there is an urgency in sharing the truth of Jesus with those around us and to build up the body of Christ. The Lord is capable of showing us the areas where we can serve, even in ways we may not have first chosen. He’s able to break our fears so that we can be used to glorify His name no matter the circumstances.
May we actively and faithfully step out to use the wonderful and undeserved gifts from God. Let’s walk faithfully in what He has called us to do.
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