Life is easy here. Really. We have a home, we have plenty of food, we have 3 vehicles to use when we need them. We have plenty to wear. And more of everything we need or could possibly want just minutes down the road or at the click of a key on the keyboard! We are truly blessed, comfortable, at ease. Life is easy.
But. There is always a ‘but’ isn’t there? What about the threat of all that being taken away? It looms on the horizon, a dark cloud just waiting to swoop in and blot out the peaceful sunshine of carefree living we enjoy. This mighty, wondrous, free nation we love so well, really isn’t so ‘Free’ anymore. Our ‘freedoms’ are being challenged more every day. New laws are constantly changing the ‘freedoms’ that were so hard-won and proudly fought for.
So what happens when those ‘freedoms’ are completely eradicated? Will I have the strength to stand? Is my peace and security anchored in my ‘freedoms’ here in this world, in all the ‘easy living’ I enjoy? If that is the case then I can assure you I will not have the strength to stand when all that crumbles around me.
The things happening in our political scene today are truly frightening on a human level. I see persecution of Jesus follower’s escalating. I feel the possibility of facing extreme physical persecution in my lifetime or my children and grandchildren’s lifetimes is a very real possibility. How much will God allow before He sends Jesus back to claim us as His bride? Will I have to give up this comfy life and run to the hills to hide? Will I be imprisoned? Tortured? Killed? WILL I HAVE THE STRENGTH TO STAND??
I sit at my kitchen table, sipping my coffee, Bible open beside me, gazing around my home at all the ‘treasures’ I’ve accumulated. Easy Living. Comfort. All the things that make this house a home. What if the opposition arrived on my doorstep and asked if I would renounce my Jesus? Would I cave? Would I love this home we’ve created, this life we live, more than my Jesus?
Hard questions. My heart trembles and quakes at the thought. My human nature whispers ‘you could never do it’. And my human nature is so dead-right. I could never do it. I would cave before I even gave it a thought.
But praise Yahweh I don’t have to stand strong on my own! Oh I will stand strong! I WILL! But not on my own. The Spirit of God dwells in me and by the Grace of God and the Power of His Might I will stand strong. I was filled with His Spirit, and sealed by Him, the day I acknowledged I was a sinner and accepted Jesus as my crucified and risen Savior, who took my sins away – and it is only through HIM that I can stand!
So today I stand, stretch my arms toward the Son-drenched sky and praise my God who gives the strength to stand. Praise His Name!
Have a Blessed Sunday.
Sew a Fine Seam
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