When you have a mess to address, first options aren’t usually the best options. Getting back at the person who wronged you, lashing out, taking risky gambles—first options often make messes messier. Doing the right thing is more difficult. Doing the right thing doesn’t offer quick, simple fixes. But it results in a story worth telling, a story that glorifies God. That’s because doing the right thing begins with following Jesus.
Cleaning your mess is not the point! You are becoming something, and your mess being straightened out is just a byproduct of what’s happening in you. You are becoming like Him because HE IS LOVE. Miss this, and you will dumb it down to “don’t mess up,” which centers you on you. Heavenly Father, complete the work you’ve begun in me.” This will tune your heart to what God is up to in you. Jesus loves the little messes, all the little messes of the world. But He loves you too much to leave you that way.
Evil exists. Our world wants to deny it exists. You as a child of God cannot be naïve about that. If we want to overcome evil in our lives, we need to set our mind on victory! Be alert, be humble and be confident. Know your enemy and have strategies against those things set against you, the world, the flesh, and the devil. We overcome evil in our lives by repenting of sin, rejoicing in trials, and rejecting and reacting to temptation.
The world is evil not because of God’s creation but because of mankind’s choice. God cares about those who suffer, and it is God’s proclaimed purpose to one day do away with evil. He waits so more might come to Him for salvation. In the end the only solution to the problem of evil is trust. When you trust God you can ask Him hard questions. When you trust Him, you begin to see things in the light of eternity.
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It is time to grow deep, stand tall, and spread wide. It is winter in the lives of some of those around us. Death is everywhere they look. When they see you, let them see the Evergreen. When everything else is dead it shows that there is still life. A place of cover and protection. A place that is committed to kindness. A place that is full of consistent encouragement. Spread wide!