Are you afraid? I think many Americans are afraid right now. I think many Christians are afraid. There is a growing sense of the “world gone crazy” among us and few apparent answers for how we might get off the crazy path upon which we collectively walk. Our government is largely run by professional criminals who seem concerned with little else than their own self aggrandizement. Lining their own pockets at the expense of the country seems to be their “modus operandi.” We watch their corruption unfold from the faux security of our homes through the perverted lens of an obviously corrupted media. What can any of us do to stop the train from going over the cliff we rapidly see approaching? Some hope the answer is our new president and perhaps he will help. But is any man the real solution?
Do you ever feel like crying as you consider the future you will leave your kids and grandkids? Are you like me and often tempted to despair at the seeming inability to genuinely impact that future for the better? Do you feel the future slowly burning down around you?
DEPRESSED YET? WAIT IT GETS BETTER…
When you consider all of this isn’t there a sense of irony, an overwhelming and almost suffocating irony, as you ponder the fact that we are living in the most prosperous, powerful and magnificent country in the world yet look forward to a very dark and uncertain future?
We live in the world’s Disneyland and have been living a dreamlike existence the whole of our lives. Yet we seem to be waking from this “American dream” to a cruel nightmare in its place. All of us see it coming but feel helpless to make the dream a reality any longer.
Some of us cry out like Jesus did on the Cross, “My God why have You forsaken me!” We feel alone, hopeless and lost. For the first time in our life we no longer seem to have the “world by the tail” or the “bull by the horns.” We no longer feel in control of our own destiny. We are left struggling with the question of “Why?”
WAIT FOR IT…
“My God” is a good place to start our intercession and perhaps the best place to stop. Here is the place we rest and depend upon the One who has more strength, power, control and wisdom than we could ever have. Complete and abject surrender to the fact we have a God is often the only respite in the midst of calamity and approaching catastrophe. We look up and cry out “God” trusting He is enough. How He will actually be enough is beyond our ability to know but we trust, in our heart, from something deep in our soul, that He really is enough. In those moments of greatest unrest we find simple dependence to be our best rest. In these moments of surrender we awake to the reality that we aren’t very strong at all. We know very little. We have no control. But that’s ok because Jesus loves us so.
Jesus is coming soon and our hope is built upon nothing less than Jesus blood and the righteousness. It is in a true declaration of bankruptcy of self-sufficiency that we find the real sufficiency offered in the person of Christ. Only after such a transaction can we genuinely live in Christ. Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Surrender to Christ, look up and cry out “My God.” He is always there and will always answer when you do.