How easy is it to be overwhelmed by the challenges we face, to have our hopes unmet and our fears realized? We all have things we feel called to, yet not all bear the fruit we expected and desired. Sometimes we follow the call and reap sorrow and hardship and ridicule.
No life is without turmoil, no season without change. This vineyard in which we labor is beset with choking vines of doubt and deception, poisonous plants of greed and impurity, of lies and ignorance. I stare in trembling awe at the blind fervor of incomprehension so dense that people are led like zombie armies into insignificant causes when around us the real war rages against forces of evil and destruction.
In this political time, I look around and think “Have we come to this?” And answer myself, “Don’t we deserve it?” Every choice against life, against holiness, against wisdom are steps on the path of destruction.
Morally ambiguous movies and books feed minds hungry for loopholes. No life isn’t black and white, and the gray should be explored and wrestled with. But the gray must be searching for the light or hope is lost. Ugliness that once signaled the horror of evil, is craved and touted by youthful and adult minds given no compass or skills or desire to resist. Embracing evil is called compassion. This is the foe we face.
And yet, take heart.
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!” (Psalm 46:1-3 NLT).
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things” (1 Chronicles 29:11).