Yes, fellow Christian, just sit back and relax. God is in control.
You want to end a conversation about the chaos in the world today? Utter these soothing words, “God is in control.”
Case closed. Go on to the next subject. Crab grass. Vacation. Car shopping. Whatever.
Then sit back and do absolutely nothing.
The world is really screwed up.
Last Thursday 43 people were killed by suicide bombers in Beirut, Lebanon. Then on Friday 129 were killed in Paris by terrorists. Back in April 147 people were killed at a university in Kenya by terrorists.
The list could continue.
The world is really screwed up.
When discussing situations like those in France, Lebanon, and Kenya, Christian speakers and writers will most likely proclaim that “God is still on the throne” or “God is in control.”
I wholeheartedly agree.
But I’m bothered by our response to those statements. They can many times end a conversation. Then we just sit back and let God handle it. We become complacent. We go on about our day.
Jack wearily ambled into his house and received that familiar greeting.
“Hi, dear. How was your day?”
He plopped himself onto the couch, loosened his tie, and composed an answer.
“It was just another regular day of listening to Dennis rant and rave. Once again he changed the priorities on the projects I’m working on. That sorry son…”
“That jerk is the poorest excuse for a manager. My priorities change daily. I can’t get anything done. Then as I was leaving he asked me to give him an update Monday morning. Seriously, I just want to beat the snot out of him.”
Been there? You have someone in your life right now that you’d like to beat the snot out of? Yes? Good. Read on.
Thanks to Casting Crowns Wedding Day for the inspiration for this post.
Looking at the ceremony program she paused and turned to her friend.
“This is almost unbelievable. What an odd couple. She’s the last person I thought he’d end up with.”
“Yeah,” her friend replied. “I mean think about who he is and then who she is. If there was ever a time to ask ‘Why’ this would be it.”
She chuckled at her friend’s comment. “Do you remember what she was like in high school? Talk about having a reputation.”
“Do you think he knows?” she asked.
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“Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. Find it and keep it lit.” Mary Lou Retton
A small crackling fire in a fireplace at a Bible study. A campfire on the beach with friends. A roaring celebratory bonfire. A building engulfed in flames.
One kind of fire has many uses. It can warm our homes. It can destroy a forest. It can set a cozy mood. It can end lives.
Another kind has different uses. It can consume our thoughts. It can motivate us to action. Everyone has that kind of fire living deep inside them. It’s that one cause that keeps knocking at the door of your heart. Do you hear it?
I’m fortunate to have a guest post from Facebook acquaintance Allie Siroky. This is good stuff!
Yes, I Broke It. No, I Couldn’t Fix It.
Remember that one time when you were a kid and you broke your one of your parents’ prized possessions? I think we’ve all been there… It was something valuable but untouchable, like an expensive vase or a priceless piece of china. You didn’t mean to break it. You were just so astounded by how fancy it was and you all you wanted to do was touch it! Maybe even turn it over in your hands a few times. See the light reflect off of the clean and pure surface.
But you weren’t careful enough. Your excited hands somehow let it slip and you spent a minute or two staring at the shattered pieces on the floor. Eyes wide. Mouth open. “It’ll be okay,” you convince yourself. “I can put it back together. All on my own. Mom and Dad won’t have a clue.” And then you run to get three rolls of scotch tape, some Elmer’s glue, and a few dozen rubber bands to mend the broken treasure.
I’m sure you remember how this ends… You can never get it back to the way it was before. Even after all of your hard work, you look at the finished product and know instantly your way wasn’t enough. The next best solution? Hide it. Stash it inside a box, inside another box, under your bed. “They’ll probably never even notice it’s gone,” you reason. And for months, maybe even years, this is true.
“Teacher, what is the great commandment in the Law?”
And He said to him, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND. This is the great and foremost commandment.”
“The second is like it, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
There you have it. If you’ve ever wondered which of the commandments you need to follow, there they are nicely documented in Matthew chapter 22 verses 37 through 39.
Love God and love others.
One might think that the final words of Jesus to his closest followers might have been a restatement of those commandments. But they weren’t.