What I Read Today:
Colossians 1; Luke 18; Ezekiel 48; Psalm 1; 2 Kings 2; Genesis 1-2
How does the church get through times like these? We are struggling with keeping our traditions vs. keeping people safe. We are facing a time when a disease is scaring people, racism is rearing its head and lawlessness is replacing civility.
How does the church respond?
Do we fight efforts to keep people safe, proclaiming our religious freedoms, or do we go along with the government in an effort to keep people safe?
Do we decry the actions of a police officer who was clearly out of control and demand reform of police departments or do we say that 99% of police officers are good people doing a tough job and we should not use one officers failings to punish the good ones?
Do we speak out against racism and demand changes or do we demand that lawlessness be met with tough action by our government?
I could go on, but I think you get the point.
So what do we do? Maybe we should look at Paul’s prayer in Colossians 1 vs. 9-14 for answers. The NIV says it this way:
“For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you.”
Some will say that prayer is an empty act. It is not. Prayer is our entryway into the throne room of God. It is where we ask God to help us battle the forces of darkness. Church, we need to pray. Now more than ever before, we need to pray.
“ We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, so that you may have great endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.”
What do we pray for? We pray that all people may have, knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual understanding. Why? Because as we gain knowledge of how God wants us to walk in this world, we will begin looking at one another not as enemies, but as children of a holy God. When we gain wisdom, we will be able to help others to find that peace. Once we have, spiritual understanding, we can begin to face the demons of our society and address them in God-pleasing manners.
“He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. In him, we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Finally, when we do the things in Paul’s prayer we are able to reach out with the love of God to a hurting world. We can see God’s hand in the face of the struggles of our world. We can live for God and love our fellow man.
God is with us, no matter how bad things truly look.