Bible Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20
Focus Verses: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13 (NKJV)
I was driving through Baltimore one evening last year, trying to maneuver various road blocks and street shutdowns due to the riots regarding Freddie Gray’s death. As I was driving, I couldn’t help but think and question God. “Do You see what has been going on? Do You even care? Why would You allow this to keep happening?” Another black man killed while in the presence of law enforcement. Law enforcement, who’s responsibility is to protect and serve. Sadly, I can’t say that I was surprised, but it definitely does hurt, BAD!
I’m not surprised, because as Christians we know that these things have to come to past in order to fulfill the prophecy of the 2nd coming of Christ. The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. However, I have always struggled with what we should do in the meantime. “Is it even worth it”, was my question. My conclusion, yes! Just because we know in the end we win, doesn’t mean we don’t fight during the process. And we prepare for the fight according the Ephesians 6:13-20.
The answer to my question “why”, I never got an answer of explanation. But God never commanded us to understand, only to trust and obey Him. So as we continue to trust in God with all our heart and lean not to our understanding, we focus not on “why” but “Yes Lord!”
Yes, to every call You have placed on our life. Yes, to interceding for our country, leaders and citizens. Yes, to seeking the salvation of those we come in contact with. Yes, to showing the love of Christ even to those we don’t consider worthy of loving. Yes, to forgiving, just like Christ did, even until death. Yes…
Prayer: God, I am sadden. Sadden by all the injustice among our world. I struggle to understand, how and why. But I’m never able to come to a sensible conclusion. Some things are not my responsibility to understand. I can’t allow the distraction of trying to figure it out, keep me from doing what You did call me to do. In the midst of my frustration, allow me never to get to the place where I am no longer compassionate. I want to continue to be able to say “yes” and act on it until You return for me. I bless You. It is in Jesus’s name I pray, Amen!
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