Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Woe is me...Wow is God

I rarely turn on the news, if ever, because when I do I see stories about another mass shooting, brutality beyond what I can imagine, a child is murdered or kidnapped, another celebrity gets more famous for doing something ridiculous.

The presidential race alone is enough to make one want to stay in bed with the covers pulled up and tight.

I recently wrapped up a Beth Moore Bible study titled "Children of the Day." I met once a week on a Monday night with women, strangers, whom I had never met, to dig into God's word within community.

These women, still very much strangers, maybe one day friends, were as encouraged as I was by the words found in 1 & 2 Thessalonians where Paul encourages the Thessalonian church to keep believing, keep the faith, keep doing good works, and keep listening to the Holy Spirit. Through some of his first letters recorded in the Bible we read about how hard the journey was for these first believers.

We read how much Paul loved them and prayed diligently for them to stay strong in the faith especially when life was hard.

"So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word or mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope. Encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word." 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17

I was reminded how strongly the enemy of our hearts pursues us and hates us. That he will stop at nothing to destroy every last one of God's people.

Turn on the news and you see how very much this is true.

God has enabled us to do His work and it's up to us whether or not we choose to fulfill our missions.

People may lose their faith in God...in each other, but He remains steady and true, always faithful.

This line... "For not all have faith..BUT THE LORD IS FAITHFUL," has stayed with me after the conclusion of the book.

All we need to do is remind ourselves, write it on the palms of our hands if we need to. 

The Lord is Faithful!

Woe is me...Our spouses hurt us and staying married feels impossible...But the Lord is faithful.

Woe is me...Christians are kidnapped and murdered for their faith in God...But the Lord is faithful.

Woe is me...People are leaving the church in droves...But the Lord is faithful.

Woe is me...My friends betrayed my confidence and I've lost faith in people...But the Lord is faithful.

Woe is me...A child dies...But the Lord is faithful.

Our world is hurting, God knows. He has equipped you and me to do something about it.

We don't have to look around and wonder what God is going to do, He created us. WE are HIS people sent out to do His good works. To love this world back to Him.

It's easy to fall into the woe is me, woe is the world mindset, and next time you feel yourself woeing, say this out loud:

Woe is me...Wow is God. 

Even if I and everyone I know loses faith, the Lord is faithful.

Yep, the world feels like it's about to spin right off it's axis, but we must remember...Wow is God.

He's making all things new. 

Do you see?

Don't lose heart, friend.

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