“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV
I awaken each day with weariness. I have to admit that this world is wearing me down. There is so much going on and so many suffering. As the Lord has taken over my life, He has changed me. I used to be virtually sociopathic, not really caring about others. I cared little about the lives that other people led, about the problems, the fears, the sadnesses of my fellow human beings. I was an entity to myself.
Since Jesus, I have become overly empathetic, feeling the pains of others, weeping with those who weep, mourning with those who mourn, and caring about others and desiring the best for them.
I see people suffering and I want go help, I pray with deep, tear drenched passion, over the people that the Lord has placed on my heart. Sometimes it is overwhelming. These days that we are in, have pushed many of us to the brink. Things that we never expected to ever happen are coming into reality, and normal is not normal anymore. I find myself clinging to what is true.
In the beginning of this season of global change, I was transfixed on everything about all the issues facing us. There came a time when I had to turn away from the endless documentaries about the virus, social justice and focus on what I knew: Jesus died on the cross, was buried and rose again. The Gospel.
This morning I found myself beginning to be consumed with all that is going on. My endless thinking was consuming my time set aside for God. I confessed and opened my bible. When I got to Isaiah 9, I was struck anew by the one true thing that I knew.
The passage reminded me that God had a plan long before Covid-19, long before the death of George Floyd, long before the riot/peaceful protests, and long before I ever took my first breath. That passage covered every yesterday, every today and every tomorrow. Suddenly my weariness was replaced with peace and my mind became calm.
I know that all this strife is going to come to an end. I know that my God will be victorious. In that reality and promise, I have peace and no fear. Brothers and sisters, remember what you know. When those fears begin to rise, seek the Lord! He is there! You can have peace.
Soon, there will be true justice in the world. There will be no more strife, no more pain, no more struggle, no more conspiracy, no more worry. Our great God will make all things new, including me and you. Jesus is coming again.
“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
Revelation 22:20-21 NKJV
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