The rule of law is being mockingly abused all around us. Just a couple of weeks ago, the president of the United States set aside the constitution of our land and gave himself powers that are simply not afforded to him. He mocked the American people who just a few weeks earlier had weighed in so heavily against him and his policies and compadres in the midterm elections. He moved forward with an ideological and political advance against his own country. My Facebook feed became filled with articles and rants about his executive order, along with alerts about the craziness happening within the schools of this country, the inequities and injustices all across our land, and more. I became angry and anxious.
As God so often does, He turned my angry and fret-filled thoughts about these things inward. As I stewed about the president’s disregard for constitutional separation of powers and the vocal minorities’ sway over those with political aspirations, I began to wonder if I am displaying for my children the faith I claim to have that God is indeed on the throne and that He alone is in control and not a leader with an ink pen, for I know that President Obama can do NOTHING that our omnipotent God does not allow him to. One day he too will bow before the One Who is much more powerful than he.
How About You?
Do you ever feel like everything is upside down and inside out in the world around you? Do you struggle with how to talk to your children about the craziness of policies and happenings in our own land or the brutal persecution of believers around the world. Do you find yourself becoming nervous or insecure, allowing fear to replace faith, as you look at how quickly things are changing and our liberties are eroding? How can you or I display the faith we have in Christ to our children if our own faith is weak?
In these days of chaos and craziness, we must remember Jesus’ words in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
This is a season to take heart. This is a season to rest in our powerful Father’s embrace and trust that no matter what we see, HE has overcome the world. We know the end of the story, remember– GOD WINS! His People WIN! (Check out the book of Revelation for the exciting conclusion.)
This is a season to fall on our knees and pray for the strength of faith to show our children!
The Apostle Paul reminded us to be anxious for nothing but to take everything to God in prayer. Philippians 3 is where we find that comforting passage, yet Phillipians 3 finds Paul in a Roman prison in a day when things were definitely upside down and inside out. The world Paul knew was governed by a total madman, Nero. He soon would have Paul executed, along with many, many others. Yet Paul rejoiced. Paul, even in prison, claimed “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.”
Do we take all the craziness and injustice we see around us here in the US and around the world and lay it at Jesus’ feet? Do we trust that greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world? Do we tell our children that all will be well regardless of whether it turns out like we would like to see it, because one day every knee WILL bow and every tongue WILL confess that Jesus Christ is Lord?
Do we display for our children a sincere and unfaltering faith? Do we rehearse for them the great and mighty things God has done for us and around us, and thereby help their faith to grow?
Oh moms and dads, let’s not become so wrapped up and indignant about what we see around us that we forget the One Who rules over all, and Who is even now preparing a place for us that where He is we may be also. He is worthy of our trust! What great opportunities are presented to us daily to disciple our children and help their faith to grow as well.