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There is a lot of stuff going on in this world. In our country. In our state. In our cities.
Like everyone else, I am horrified at the things that I see.
It would be easy for me to panic, worry, and want to throw the towel in on the state of humanity.
However, none of this takes God by surprise.
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:17-20
Read that scripture one more time and let it sink in.
The first line, and the last line.
Peace that God is in control.
Peace that He sits on the Throne.
Peace that He will reconcile all things.
My son often asks, "Mom, what will the world look like when I am your age??"
I tell him, "I don't know. But, one thing I do know for sure is that...God is in control. Our times are in His hands."
When I am prone to panic, worry, anger, or obsess about what is happening in this world...
I pray instead.
I take all of those thoughts and lift them up to the Father.
I ask Him to give me the faith of a child. To see what He sees.
To not become bitter and enraged, nor to become immune to the suffering.
Lord, let me see as You see. Give me Your eyes. Give me Your heart.
In order to raise the next generation up in the ways of the Lord, we MUST show them what prayer looks like. We must show them that we do not have the answers, but God does.
We have the opportunity to teach our children many things...
What will we teach them?
What will they remember about us?
How will they see us respond to the events taking place around us?
What will they hear coming our of our mouths in response to evil?
Oh, Lord, let it be prayer.
Before we utter a word, let our hearts turn to you in prayer. Let our mouths seek You first before a word is on our tongue.
Our children need to see us praying.
Not just in desperate times, but at all times.
We must teach them.
Who else will?
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land, 2 Chronicles 7:14
help us, Lord.