In the news currently is a big story, involving the proposed “Ground Zero Mosque” and a pastor from Florida who had plans to burn copies of the Quran on September 11th as a statement against the location of the mosque, which is the day before this newsletter will be published. But whether or not this will happen, or what the repercussions might or might not be, is not the real focus of my article this week but instead the pondering of the situation and how it may be applied as a lesson in following Yahweh’s Way.
Since the Tribulation began and even before, I have watched so much going on around me and on both ends of the spectrum. I have watched people complacently living their lives while oblivious to what is going on around them and, I have watched people become frustrated, angered and triggered into drastic actions due to what is going on around them.
When asked my thoughts on this news story and the actions of this pastor and possible consequences should he go through with his plans, which is clearly an instance of the latter, I felt as I have about many issues since I began to serve Yahweh and Christ and come to a better understanding of Yahweh’s Way. It’s In God’s Hands. And it’s not that I don’t care about current events or the people these events affect or the physical lives that are lost or might be lost, it’s simply that I know that it is all under control and part of a plan mapped out long ago.
Ecclesiastes 3:17-18 I said to myself, "God will judge the righteous and the wicked, since there is a time for every activity and every work."
So many, are taking things into their own hands with empty arguments, fruitless debates and senseless acts of violence. Arguing and debating what we know to be truth does not change anything, nor does making threats or outwardly significant gestures like burning the books of other beliefs does nothing. Perhaps it’s because they do not understand the concept of love, or the seriousness of the times we live in and the precariousness of so many eternal lives, or maybe because they have not known or come to know our amazing God, but it’s like spitting on a fire to put it out. These things are fruitless and truly do not matter in the greater scheme of things. They are simply bi-products of prophecy that is currently being fulfilled.
What mankind needs most of all right now is not pastors making religious or political statements, not more arguments and debates, not acts of violence to make a point based on personal beliefs - but truth. And hope. And love. And encouragement. These things do not require drastic actions, television or radio time, or loud speeches, or acts of violence. It is done consistently but also quietly and patiently and not out of hatred for those who have not the same beliefs or who oppose us, but out of love.
What’s most important right now is to follow the first and second greatest commands of loving Yahweh and loving one another, and if possible and whenever possible, share truth. Everything else... It’s In God’s Hands. So no matter what is going on around you, remain focused on Yahweh and do your best at walking in Christ’s footsteps. And at each crossroad you come to ask yourself, “What would Christ do?” and then move forward knowing with certainty that whatever the situation may be, It’s In God’s Hands.
Let other’s know. Allow this belief to overflow from your heart and shine brightly so that others will see and understand. And when you’re feeling anxious or worried or frightened, repeat it often. It’s In God’s Hands.