Skip to main content

Make the right choice

We all have probably noticed how 'out of control' things can get at times - especially when we see some form of injustice. We want to 'rise up' and set things right - as if that were even in our power. We think our protests will help, but have you noticed how easy it is for the most well intended gathering to turn into a riotous group of chaos in a matter of minutes. One word said in the wrong way, or something heard in a way it was never intended to be heard, and individuals can go from protest to riot behavior in no time. The control seems to be lost. We might take note of one thing - God hasn't lost control - individual people have!  

Yours is the mighty power and glory and victory and majesty. Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything. (1 Chronicles 29:11)

God remains in control of all things - we might not see his 'control' right now, but trust me on this one - God hasn't abdicated the throne. Wrongful actions on the part of individuals on this earth are just that - human actions, taken in ways that bring harm to themselves and others. God's actions are the same - to redeem the human race from their sinful actions. We are weathering a pandemic, but not doing it very well. We struggle to maintain lifestyles that we have come to expect as the 'norm' in society today, but this isn't possible in the face of such a virulent disease. Life isn't as it was, nor will it be for a while longer (if ever). We humans don't like our 'normal' disrupted - so we resist in ways that sometimes put us and others at greater risk.

We struggle to understand the senseless actions of individuals who act in ways that bring harm into the lives of others. It isn't easy to understand how something like a police arrest can go so wrong so quickly. Yet, it isn't any easier to understand how a peaceful protest can escalate into an all out display of wrongful deeds on the part of those gathered to protest. People gather together, but in the midst of their gathering there is that moment when all the pent up frustration and repeated disappointments come to the surface. At that moment in time, there is a choice to be made - will we remain in control of our emotions, or will we allow our emotions to rule us.

God's hope is that we will allow him to rule! Our emotions aren't going to rule themselves - they need a 'governor' over them - the Holy Spirit. We aren't going to respond well all the time - our emotions get raw and raw emotions demand a reactionary response. Rather than reacting, it is most important that we be 'proactive' in our response to life's issues. We can prepare to respond and do it well, but we need to 'prepare' not on our speeches and protests, but our emotions and our heart. We hurt - I get it. We aren't doing well as a nation - I get it. People aren't always going to make right choices - I get it. But...we can make right choices and pray for others to do the same. Just sayin!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The bobby pin in the electrical socket does what???

Avoidance is the act of staying away from something - usually because it brings some kind of negative effect into your life.  For example, if you are a diabetic, you avoid the intake of high quantities of simple sugars because they bring the negative effect of elevating your blood glucose to unhealthy levels.  If you were like me as a kid, listening to mom and dad tell you the electrical outlets were actually dangerous didn't matter all that much until you put the bobby pin into the tiny slots and felt that jolt of electric current course through your body! At that point, you recognized electricity as having a "dangerous" side to it - it produces negative effects when embraced in a wrong manner.  Both of these are good things, when used correctly.  Sugar has a benefit of producing energy within our cells, but an over-abundance of it will have a bad effect.  Electricity lights our path and keeps us warm on cold nights, but not contained as it should be and it can produce

Period!

When someone tells you that you need to wrap your mind around some concept, they are telling you that the subject at hand will take some effort on our part to actually get enough of a hint of it in order to even remotely understand it. The subject is complex, even a little overwhelming, and we will have to apply ourselves to really grasp it very well. We cannot wrap our minds around God's wisdom and knowledge - because it is infinite and our brains are sadly finite. We can only 'think' so far and then we have to 'trust'. Some of us think there is nothing we can trust if we cannot 'think' it through, but this will never work when it comes to our faith. Faith requires trust in what is unseen and not fully comprehended. The truth we believe is really building our trust, but until we approach God with more trust than 'thought', we will never fully grasp some of the things he has prepared for us. We cannot wrap our minds around God’s wisdom and knowledg

Give him the pieces

What or Who is it that causes division among you right now? Maybe it is more of a 'what' than a 'who' that is creating the division between you and something you need in your life. Perhaps you are struggling with an addiction to something that keeps coming between you and true liberty from the hold that thing has on you. Yes, addiction is really the worst kind of enslavement one can imagine - being so emotionally or psychologically attached to the 'thing' that any attempt to break free causes so much trauma in your life that you just cannot imagine being free. But...God is above that addiction - he is stronger than the emotional or psychological pull that thing has in your life. Maybe the dividing force in your life right now is a 'who' - a tough relationship challenge between you and a coworker, a spouse that seems to no longer share your interests or values, or even a relative that doesn't understand some of your choices and now chooses to withdraw