Please, God

Please, God

RiverWalk Church of Christ Wichita Ks  Minister

”Please, Lord. Just make it stop for awhile. I’d like to catch my breath.”
It seems that these past several weeks have been filled with one tragedy after another. Children who have been horribly abused. Young and older alike who have taken their own lives. Friends who have succumbed to cancer or other ailment or illness. Relatives battling for their lives now because of cancer. Childhood friends who daily are battling with and dealing with the infirmity of M/S and other ailments. Families in the throes of divorce and separation. Hundreds living on the street. Hundreds more living without running water, hot water, or electric service. Babies being aborted. Children who are hungry and neglected while whoever passes for a parent is either on a meth high or sleeping off alcohol or dope. Children who came into this world with brain damage or some physiological problem that will be with them for life because of a mother’s use of drugs.
Please, Lord. Just make it stop for awhile. I’d like to catch my breath.
And I see the ills of society. I see greed, uncontrolled anger, jealousy, selfishness, and all of the other on full display pretty much wherever I go. And when I’m driving, those emotions and outbursts seem to just manifest all over the place. People cut in line. They ignore traffic laws. They act as if they are the only ones on the road or in the store. If it isn’t “me first,” it isn’t going to go down. The middle finger salute is alive and well. The desire to elevate oneself at the expense of another is a game many play…and play for keeps.
Please, Lord. Just make it stop for awhile. I’d like to catch my breath.
But it doesn’t stop. It just goes on. Sometimes, it gets to the point that I can’t seem to go any more. It seems that I can’t hear about one more unpaid electric bill. I can’t hear about one more suicide. I can’t hear about one more abused child. I can’t hear about one more death. I’m filled up to here with it all, and I’m helpless and powerless to change it.
And then I think. I think about how Jesus must have felt seeing the same thing in his day. Yes, he saw it all. There truly is nothing new under the sun when it involves human behavior. And I think of what he said, “In the world, you will have tribulation; but take heart! I have overcome the world.” He also said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Don’t be afraid.”
The great Apostle Paul said that we “overwhelmingly conquer” or that “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” And Revelation describes a risen Lord Jesus Christ who has already conquered and now sits at the throne of God.
So, why the disparity? Why is it we seemingly see one thing, and in the spiritual realm, we hear of (and see with eyes of faith) another? I’m not sure. I don’t really know. I suspect the answer to that question would take much more space than I allow myself for articles such as these.
But one thing I do know. I know that the spiritual is the genuine reality. I know that the physical is but a shadow. I know that one day, all will be made well. And I know that even now, God is working through his people in this life…on this earth…to redeem the creation and bring about grace, mercy, and true peace.
That is our job. That is our work. Ours is not to render judgment. Ours is not to throw stones. Ours is to go about the work assigned to us and diligently complete it as best we can, with the help, wisdom, strength, and guidance of the God of the universe.

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