With so much evil going on in the world, like the horrific slave trade in Libya, natural disasters, human trafficking and global famine, it can be hard to see God in the midst of all the tragic chaos. However, I’m here to tell you that God is omnipresent — which means He’s always around. He knows exactly what’s going on in each and every one of our lives. Yup, He sees it all. He hears every cry of His children and bottles up every one of our tears. Yet still, with all of His power, I wonder if God cries like I do over all of these horrendous tragedies in this world!?!
We were all created equal, yet somehow man has become entitled in their connection with other people. We were placed here solely to govern what God has created, yet we tear it down and destroy our grounds as if God’s earth and hard work is worthless. We were placed here to nurture and love the people, animals and land that God created and graciously allowed us to inhabit, yet in our greed, we’ve created catastrophes like global warming and turned our backs on those crying out in need. We were placed here to be disciples of Jesus Christ and witnesses to the glory, honor and power of God, yet many succumb to Satan’s temple by denouncing the one true faith and turning away from God. We were meant to show love and acceptance of all people, yet hate and discrimination has become a tolerable offense.
All injustices exist because people can’t comprehend the significant designs of God’s creations. They cannot fathom that we are all God’s children, made to be individually different yet all the same in His eyes and under the covering of His son, Jesus Christ’s blood. But here’s a NEWSFLASH for all the blind haters of this world:
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
(Genesis 1:27 NLT)
To hate on another shows you hate what God created. Therefore, you place yourself over God. You shame God for His marvelous creation when you say or act hateful towards another human being. Somewhere along the line, in the beginning of the Book of Genesis with Adam and Eve, man allowed Satan to twist their reality and create a false sense of entitlement, confusion and arrogant hierarchy. We were once people of dominion and power, yet we lost all authority by the serpent’s tongue. They allowed Satan to brainwash them into believing that what God said and created was not in fact correct nor good enough. They believed that their own way, walking with Satan, was so much better and more appealing than listening to and walking under God.
Unfortunately when Man did this, they created division from God. It’s because of this that there lies in our world: confusion, slavery, hatred, disobedience, racism, sexism, poverty, etc. All of this negativity occurs because the first people God created did not listen to Him and heed His warning.
““Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?””
(Genesis 3:11 NLT)
By doing this, man created separation of people even though God created us to be one body under Him. Graciously, we can find many of the plights we see today outlined to us in the Bible by God. Jesus Christ shared this with His disciples long ago about the coming final judgment:
““But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.””
(Matthew 25:31-46 NLT)
So fret not at the chaos seen in this world. It hurts to see it; however, be slow to anger. Hold your peace and let the Lord fight your battles. Worry about nothing and instead keep everything and everyone in your prayers for prayer is the most effective and powerful form of action. We can’t be a savior for we were not created to be such a person. That job is for Jesus Christ alone! Our jobs are to be active in our communities, love each other and reach out and help people in need. If someone is reaching out for a helping hand, don’t turn your back on them. Shower them with the same loving, kindness and tender care you’d want to receive in return. Remember the Bible says,
“Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”
(Luke 6:31 NLT)
I truly believe that if we all start loving more and hating less, this world would become a much better place. I know that this earth is not our final destination. Our final resting place is with Christ in the Kingdom of God. This state, this place, this body we’re in is just temporary. However, we can work at changing the culture of this world one person at a time.
It all starts at home and it all starts with us. We can be the change we want to see in the world. As followers of Jesus Christ and lovers of our Holy Father God, we can reach out and sprinkle a bit of positive empowerment and a dash of supportive love and hope someone’s way. We all need this for we are all battling our own set of demons each and every day. Let’s choose to lessen the loads of stress this world has to offer by being kind, extending a bit of compassion, letting your light shine on someone, speaking up when you see wrong and by allowing each person you encounter to see the God in you. It’s time the global church, aka the body of Christ, started speaking up against injustice everywhere and showing compassion, love and acceptance to God’s broken children. It’s time for a change. Will you be the next change maker???
Sincerely with love,
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