You cannot unsee what has been seen. You cannot forget what has been known. And when blatant lies are thrown at your face, you will want justice. But when it seems justice cannot overcome evil, and your heart is hurting, you will feel distant from the creator of justice— our God.
That’s what happened to me and many people in this past month. We feel — disfranchised from the goodness of God.
One of my favorite songs is “made to love“ by Toby Mac. This morning, when I was jogging by the lake, this song just hit home with me.
”I was made to love you,
I was made to find you,
I was made just for you.”
–I was not made to live a comfort and stress-free life.
I was not made for my will to be done, even if it’s for righteousness.
I was made just for Jesus.
”Anything I would give up for you
Everything, I’d give it all away.”
Think—Am I really willing to give up anything and everything for Jesus?
Ok, we could say yes. We give up our time, money, possessions, so we are all good at the table with our God.
But really? Am I willing to give up my pride, my thirst for justice in this lifetime? Do I really trust that our God has the best plan for us?
“Only God sees both the earthly realm and the heavenly realm from an eternal perspective. So only God sees the full picture with everything we face.” (Lysa Terkeurst, “Forgiving what you can’t forget”)
I have to remind myself this truth over and over again: Jesus gave up everything — his humanity, his pride, his body and spirit for us. Let that sink in friends, Jesus gave up EVERYTHING for us.
Who said the faith journey is easy? Sometimes we have to cut our hearts open to see the true color of our faith.
It can be extremely hard. But sometimes, it’s the only way to breakthrough.
The spiritual warfare is real. So in this Christmas season, let’s put on our armor of God, protect our spirit, and be thankful for this truth — that a baby was born in the midst of hardships, just to save us from this fallen world.
So, even when the ugly underbelly of this world shows it’s face in our present time, we could bear with it and still hold on to the amazing grace of our holy God.
“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’” Luke 2:10-11 (NIV)