I was asked to do the Devotion at a church meeting last week. I thought I would share it with you today
Many of us are frustrated, angry, and scared by what we see in the culture around us.
The United States has always been a Christian nation, but in the past few decades we seem to have lost that.
Today the corruption seems to have reached a critical mass and every day there are new erosions of morality and new attacks on Christianity, and even on Christians themselves — from Roseburg, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.
But we are not the first to experience this. The writer to the Hebrews wrote –
“Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those who were in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence, because it will be richly rewarded. (Hebrews 10: 32-35)”
Two thousand years later, Charles Colson wrote in “The Sky is Not Falling” –
“So do we have reason for hope as we stand in the opening decades of the new millennium? Absolutely. The reason can be stated in three simple words – “the empty tomb.” Christ has overcome death and sin, and that same power is ours by faith. We must overcome the temptation to despair. It’s true that the forces in the culture war are not evenly matched – for we have an army of angels on our side. And those who are with us will always be far more than those who are in the world.”
Let me add my own view.
God has chosen us to contend with Satan’s corruption. God never gets it wrong. We are chosen because God knows that, with His help, we are up to the challenge.
Let me close with a passage that is usually saved for weddings, but should be remembered every day –
“And yet I will show you the most excellent way…. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 12:31b and13:4-8)
Pray with me –
Father, as your Son said, we would rather not drink from this cup. We would rather have the world as it used to be – easy and comfortable. But easy and comfortable is what got us here, and what gave the Deceiver a chance to gain influence. We will confront him, Lord, but we will do it with love. Thank you for choosing us. Keep us strong in the coming days as we share your love with the world. In Jesus’ name we pray.