Sunday, November 2, 2008

Broken Joy

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land
Our pastor's sermon today was titled "How to Live in a Broken World," and it was a powerful message that really helped me put a finger on what I've been feeling from so many people I know. It was a bold message that addressed how so many Christians are living in fear and are allowing circumstances to blur our vision. As we prepare to elect the next President of our country this week, the message was a great reminder that "We don't fix sin problems [in our country/world] with man's solutions" (Ronnie Deal). Only God's solution will fix the problems man creates and experiences because of our sin nature. So many people I know are feeling very discontent, fearful, and just out-of-balance, in general, and are citing the economy-related problems, political unrest, and uncertainty for the future. Ronnie reminded us of the truth in Colossians 3:10:
... and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator (NIV).
We don't have to live, mired down in the worries and disappointments of this world -- it is all temporary anyway. God calls us to focus on his purposes and truths and not to relinquish our joy because of our circumstances.
There are certainly many things that we need to stand up for in our society and things that need to change, but, as our pastor said today, God calls us to be doer's of the Word, rather than just hearers (and sulkers and worriers).
I look forward to voting this week, and I also will remember that God has a plan for each of us and for our nation. Rather than being depressed and fearful about our nation's current status or what may happen in the future, I will choose to live in joy.
There's never a better time than the present to share God's love, hope and certain Truth with those around us who are being swayed by promises of change, financial security, and a host of other man-made solutions, while being swallowed by fear, insecurity, and difficult circumstances.


Anonymous said...

awesome message!

Andi said...

Again, are you writing a book, 'cause you should. :) Can't tell you how much I love reading your blog.

Sherry said...

Our message was from that exact Scripture....think God is trying to tell us something?