We’re in this country called the United States of America, but it really doesn’t feel all that “united”. I have to admit that during my particular lifetime, this is the most divided I’ve felt this country has ever been.
We live in a “free” country.
“The land of the free and the home of the brave.”
If you watch any news channel recently (or even for the past couple of years), you can see our freedoms changing. Rules and laws being changed…it seems a lot of people aren’t even following the Constitution of the United States. Or they twist it so they can use it to their advantage.
Does that remind you of anything else that gets twisted to be used incorrectly?
Twisted so it can be used to someone’s advantage?
Maybe support their idea of how life SHOULD be?
We had our presidential election and Donald Trump was just sworn in as our president last Friday, January 20th, 2017. I believe neither “side” would’ve been happy in this particular election.
During campaigns, words get twisted…mistakes are brought to light, as if that candidate was the only one who ever made mistakes…names are called out…protests are held…for what? Unity? In the “United” States of America?
The theme for this week’s blog posts is “faith”. Here’s what I found when I researched the word “faith”:
- complete trust or confidence in someone or something
2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
synonyms: trust, belief, confidence, conviction, religion, church, sect, denomination, ideology, creed, teaching, doctrine
Let’s look at these definitions a little closer. They say “COMPLETE” trust or confidence. A “STRONG” belief. The synonym, “CONVICTION” stands out to me.
What the definitions and synonyms show me is that faith is something big. When a person “has faith”, it means something to them…it means a lot. It’s putting your complete trust into something or someone. It’s having a strong belief, even if you can’t see the proof with your own eyes.
This might be a tough question, but it might not.
Where, or in whom, does your faith lie?
Is it Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?
Is it the Constitution of the United States of America?
Is it in our law enforcement officers? The protesters? The ability to protect yourself with your own firearms? The control you have in your life? In your job? Your family? YOU?
Does your faith lie in any of these things or people?
If it doesn’t…should it?
If it does…should it?
I believe we do need to have some kind of faith in all of these things, praying and hoping and trusting that the best can come from all of them. Our officers, our constitution, our families…we have hope that they were created for a reason and are in our lives for a reason.
But our deep faith…our true faith needs to lie in Jesus Christ. It is only He Who can ultimately save us and protect us and it is a precious gift He wants to give every single human being on earth.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result a result of works, so that people may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
This gift he wants us to grab hold of and accept will only help us in this world where there are protests, shootings, changing laws, corruption, doubt, mistrust and so much more.
Our eyes are glued to news channels. How about we glue them to The Word?
Our Facebook posts are about the trouble in the world. How about we post more about the perfection of the next world…the one we really belong in?
Our conversations about the constitution and laws changing…the orders this president and previous presidents have signed show the unpredictability of humans. How about we share His never-changing Word with each other? Something we can go back to over and over and over again, knowing God will never change no matter how many protests or laws are created?
Can we truly trust man? One hundred percent? All of the time?
Can we truly put our faith in any man or woman on this earth? One hundred percent? All of the time?
We are but mere mortals, who will sin. And then sin again.
We will hurt each other. And then hurt each other again.
We cannot put our true faith in man. It must go to Jesus. We have to trust that He is still in control of all that happens. We don’t understand the “why’s” or the “how’s”, but we can have true faith that He will work it all out for good. Every single thing.
Just like the constitution, people might twist His Word to match their agenda…to match their beliefs, to satisfy and explain their sin. Just watch for it. Watch out for the plans of “man”, but have faith in God.
Ask Him daily to show you the truth, the way and the life.
Ask Him daily how He wants you to respond to the chaos in division in our country.
He will show you. Listen for His answers.
Have faith in the One person Who will never change.