Sigh, but don't give up!

Posted on April 15, 2021 by Frank Lanier in Healthy Faith, Politics, Pop Culture.

I just heard a sigh in America.

Someone is exhausted from the cacophony of 210,000,000 voices afflicting their soul. Maybe it’s a child who, just over a year ago, thought about things like riding a bike or doing homework from another day of school. Maybe it’s the single parent, with too much on their plate already, being crushed by the unnecessary weight of the voices. The stay-at-home mom figured the birds and the bees would be the most difficult conversation she would have with her pre-teen in March 2020. But the voices have exposed her child to realities for which even she wasn’t ready. Friends have become enemies. Marriages are on the brink. Families are wrung out like an old rag.

Where do we turn when we want to give up?

Galatians 6:7-10 tells us that GOD will not be made a fool. We will get what we deserve for what we do and the way we live our lives. If we live for ourselves in this life – with the goal of satisfying our own wants over others’ needs – we may feel good temporarily, but it never fulfills. The feeling will erode over time. But if we live in a way that produces the fruit of the Spirit of GOD as stated in Galatians 5:22-23, we will receive an eternal reward.

Something Christians can do to honor GOD is talk with Him. Prayer is not a duty, but a gift. So, before we give another sigh and roll our eyes at another mention of justice, let’s pray. The great privilege of prayer is our opportunity to go to GOD for everything. The practice of prayer also helps produce the spiritual fruit mentioned above. It is one of the most essential things for hope and perseverance through difficult times.

Once again, the Twin Cities are in turmoil.

Let’s stand together and do the godly things which bring hope to those around us. May we speak so that we encourage and not discourage (Ephesians 4:29). May our actions be proof of our faith in our LORD (Titus 2:6-7). Stand strong in these evil days, brothers and sisters. GOD is with us.