I am a seeker of truth.
I know the ultimate Truth, and the Truth has set me free. Once you know that Truth, you desire all truth to be apparent. That’s why I still call myself a truth seeker.
As Patrick Henry once said, “For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and to provide for it.” That is my heart.
But as of late, my heart has been in anguish with all the terrible things going on around me. People are mindlessly following rules that don’t make sense and will eventually and inevitably set a precedent for further control. That is very scary. Government overreach is out of control. Lawlessness is rampant. I’m half-expecting the earth to cry out for justice through natural disasters at this point.
I’m in prayer about all these things, as I hope you all are, too. And as much as it angers us, I want to encourage you all not to let this steal your peace. Easier said than done I know, but it is possible. I hope you’ll all allow me a little leeway here.
When all this started and the church had been shut down, I was asked by many why I wasn’t more worried about all of this. People were actually angry that I wasn’t afraid or letting panic rule my actions. It didn’t make sense to them. But to me, it was simple:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:6-9, the Bible)
I don’t fear because I know the One who created the universe, set the world in motion, and gave me life in my mother’s womb. I know the One with all the answers and I trust Him completely. I fear Him (who can throw my body and soul into Hell) which is the beginning of wisdom. He informs my every decision (when I’m truly following His lead).
If you, like me, are frustrated with the world around you, please consider praying and putting your trust in Jesus, God’s Son. He came to bring life – a more abundant life. He is the Prince of Peace, the Wonderful Counselor, God with us. The world can fall apart, people can turn against one another, and life as we know it can pass away, but God can calm all fears. This place is not my home, and I have full assurance of a future eternity with Jesus because, “For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) I believe in Him and have given Him my whole heart and entire life. That makes me fearless, hopeful, and makes me able to discern right from wrong and lie from truth.
Don’t let all the chaos of the world change you or break you down. Let the love of God in Jesus change your heart and fill you with joy and peace and hope and truth. What do you have to lose, really? Count the cost and give Him a chance. Who knows whether it will be your last?
That’s all. I just wanted to encourage you tonight. It’s going to be okay. And Jesus loves you. ❤