No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death; and there is no discharge in the time of war, and evil will not deliver those who practice it. – Ecclesiastes 8:8
I had a totally different blog scheduled to post today, but I’ve pushed it because of current events. I usually don’t speak on external things, but am saddened by the despair I’ve been seeing not only in the community-at-large but inside the faith community. Today I want to speak to both. My hope; My prayer is that if it never existed, is misplaced, has waned, even if it has been lost, we all will find and stand on our faith. So I ask each of us to dig deep down and consider this question – WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?
Is it in man?
Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem? – Isaiah 2:22
Asking another person who has no control over whether or not they live or die to fulfill me might meet my needs for a little while, but I will need those same benefits from them or someone else again. This doesn’t even factor in the empty promises made by politicians, though some may be well-meaning; their humanness makes their efforts fruitless at times. I’ve heard it said that we each borrow our heartbeats every day. So even if another human being is able to fulfill my current needs, what happens when that person is gone? My needs still need to be met. Do I just move on to another person until that person is gone too? Seems like an exercise in futility.
Is it the government?
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. – Romans 13:1-2
There is an outcry for justice. Some feel that justice for others is injustice to them. Who is right? We can vote for new government leaders and new legislation. However, it’s still putting trust in humans to fulfill us. Disrespecting the government is not the answer either. God has allowed these authorities to be in place and disrespecting them is disrespecting him. We must use discernment and the peace of God when determining what to do.
Is it in religion?
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9
Many are disillusioned by religion as well. If your religion says do this or do that and things will get better, sure things may get better for a time, but working in your own power will not last. (See – Is it man? above.) For some religion doesn’t make them feel lighter, but makes them feel like they’re still carrying a heavy load.
So yes, we are to meet folks’ temporal needs even though they may have them again (Matthew 25:35-36). Most important, meet their spiritual needs by leading them to Christ who will be with them always (Matthew 28:18-20). After all is said and done, anyone who places their faith in any of the above will find themselves in search of satisfaction again. However, those who place their faith hope and trust in Jesus will never thirst again. So where is your faith?
Is it in Jesus?
Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. – John 4:13-14
How is it possible to live in a world full of despair and be satisfied?
Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul… – Matthew 10:28
I’ve said these things to you so that you will have peace in me. In the world you have distress. But be encouraged! I have conquered the world. – John 16:33
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. – 1 Corinthians 5:1
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7
Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about people who have died so that you won’t mourn like others who don’t have any hope. Since we believe that Jesus died and rose, so we also believe that God will bring with him those who have died in Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
Again I ask you, WHERE IS YOUR FAITH? I pray that we do not lose our focus as things around us become desperate. Also, may we not grow tired, lose heart…And most of all not lose our faith. The only lasting satisfaction for any of us is to stick with God. No one else has conquered death. No one else loves us more. ❤