Victorious No Matter What Happens
This summer has been a rough one for us. My husband and I have had to deal with several stressful situations over the months and thankfully, they are behind us now. Through it all, God has been incredibly present and incredibly faithful and I praise Him.
At this writing, my heart is heavy with all that is happening in Afghanistan. I cannot help thinking about the men, women, and children who will be tortured, killed, and/or raped as the Taliban continues its rampage and all I can do is pray for them, pray the Word over them, for them to come to know the Lord and for those who do know the Lord to remain hidden and invisible to the eyes of the enemy. God is faithful still even in the midst of all the terror and calamity, and I believe His presence is felt more now to those who know Him in the midst of the terror and fear than when there was calm.
The bible says that there will be those who will continue to eat, drink, and be merry in the last days, going about their ways as if nothing was going to happen. That happened in the days of Noah before the great flood and that is happening now. We cannot ignore the fact that many things are happening in the world in unprecedented ways. There is a global push against the freedoms and rights of many at the present time like no other time before. Segregation and division are being encouraged. Nothing is normal, what is good is considered evil and what is evil is considered good.
Some might say that we should stop being so negative, that we should look at the positive side of things and continue on as if nothing was wrong to eat, drink and be merry as always. We should not be fearful, they say.
I agree. We should not be fearful. But going on as usual without facing things head-on to see and call them as they are is not going to erase fear. It is simply burying one's head in the sand hoping without hope that everything will somehow right itself and the world will go back to what it used to be like.
That is probably not going to happen, We have gone too far, crossed many lines that normal is now a relative and subjective concept.
So then, what hope do we have if any?
If we say we are followers of Christ, our hope is anchored and rooted in Him and Him alone. Human leaders will fail us. The government will fail us. And the system will one day betray us no matter how diligently we adhere to it. But Jesus will never fail us. He who has conquered death has given us life, a life that as Paul the Apostle says, "To live is Christ, to die is gain". We win no matter if we live or die. And it is with this that we need to conquer the fear in us.
One day, we will die. We will all die. Death to us as Christians, should not be seen as something to be afraid of. What we need to understand is this: If we have given God control over our lives, then unless it is time for us to be with Him in eternity, we won't be dying anytime yet. If we still have a purpose to be on this earth, He will sustain us here. When it is time for us to be with Him in eternity, it won't matter how old we are, or what we do for self-preservation to stop Him from taking us, we will simply go.
So truly, apart from the fact that we will miss those who will go to be with the Lord, there is nothing to be fearful about death because we will see each other in eternity. If we can fully grasp this, fear won't be able to control us.
You see, friends, most of our fears on a large scale are about losing our loved ones or about us dying. The root of every fear is pain and loss.
If we can release all of us to Him, and hold onto nothing unless loosely, then fear will have no grip on us. Of course, we will still fear, as we are humans, but it will not take us over.
Perhaps, you will say that not all your loved ones know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. This is why now is not the time to eat, drink and be merry, this is the time to share Jesus with everyone you know so they will have an unshakeable hope, a joy so profound that transcends all understanding which no one can take away.
At the end of the day, that is all we will have, not our earthly goods, nor our accomplishments. All that will matter is to be able to stand before Jesus and hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
No matter what normal will look like, no matter how hard life might get, let us keep our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, let us keep running the race that is set before us, and hold fast to what we have in Him so that no one can take away our crown. And one day, we will cross the finish line triumphant and victorious, no matter what our earthly circumstances might have been.
Romans 8:35 - 39 says, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Take heart, friends. because God is still in control, but that doesn't mean things will always go the way we want them to. But what we know is this, we can trust God that we already have the victory no matter how things go, and we have that glorious hope that one day, Jesus will return for His church.
Let's never give up!