In these final days of 2015, it’s imperative to affirm that God is in no way done and he remains on the throne. If you find yourself like me in a place of stating that fact hourly, then handle your business. As I’ve sat during the summer months learning of violence in Chicago, and most recently, watched the horrific unfolding in Paris on Friday evening, and other instanes of violence all over the world, I have to admit I’ve wondered, questioned and dared to ask God, “Why?” This “why” was an extension of the same sentiment I expressed in response to what is happening at Mizzou, other universities, and many other places and spaces, too many to mention. While I have not in any way been faced with acts of terror at my door, I have been faced with the actions of the enemy. The common variable is evil; and in the face of evil, it is easy to revert to the same tactics. I’m grateful that the Lord has not allowed me to remain in such a state, and quickly reminds me to be grateful and thankful for what others may view as small…the functioning of my basic senses, shelter, love, safety and a relationship with God.
I had a rough week, my faith and trust in God was definitely tested. However, even though the week I experienced was not nearly as destructive as what others may have endured, we all must remember that no matter the size of our Goliath, we have the ability to bring it down and under the subjection of the one who remains on the throne, despite what we see, hear and feel! You recall the narrative, right? David, took down the Philistine with a rock and a slingshot. Before he went to battle, Saul said to David in 1 Samuel 17:37, “Go and the Lord be with thee.” We have the option because the Lord provides it, to either go it alone or go with God. When we choose the latter, the victory may not appear in the manner as you would have expected. Let us refrain from limiting God to what we can imagine. We are reminded in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” As we enter battle, we must recall that God has already determined the outcome. Its not taking him by surprise. The events that we have witnessed, the events that you are presently experiencing did not make God have a “oh snap!” moment. He never sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:4). But, I would offer that we in fact sleep on the fact that God will no matter what, supply all of our needs (Philippians 4:19). What do you stand in need of? More peace (Philippians 4:7); more love (John 3:16); more assurance (Romans 8:16); more grace (1 Corinthians 15:10); more safety (Psalm 91:2); more confidence (Hebrews 13:6); just more of God (Ephesians 3:20).
I need God, you don’t need God, what’s wrong with you?! LOL! I need him now more than ever. I need him through my tears, misunderstanding, anger, grief and hopefully, eventually, despite what I see, hope. The only vehicle that can take me from zero to 100 is worship! When I find myself in a state that is unsettling, disturbing, questionable, frustrated and at my wit’s end, it’s my relationship and recognition of his sovereignty that gives me peace. It doesn’t mean that I cease from praying, or speaking out against what is wrong, or choose not to engage in the activity I can to make this world a more just place for all its inhabitants, but I do so with worship at my core. Its through my worship that I gain the strength I need to use my slingshot. Everyone has an opinion, and that’s cool; but we should not allow people’s opinions of our methodology of fight (prayer, dance, worship, reading your Word, obeying God, standing on his promises) to make us question what works. These “small stones” are able to take out a Goliath! Don’t leave home without them! Go and the Lord be with thee!